Comparative Law: Law, Reality and Society

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Vandeplas Pub., 2008 - Law - 306 pages
Summary: "This book does not deal with conventional comparative law. Rules and structures of one system are not set out against those of another for contrast. Rather, rules particular or general, are examined to explain why they are as they are, and how they came to be. The author does not accept that to a great extent law reflects society or the power of the ruling elite. Chapters range from grand legislation (the Ten Commandments and Napoleonʼs code civil) to unrecognized law in action and daily life (Jesus and the Samaritan woman, Jesus and the adulteress, the claim that Julius Caesar descended from a slave). Other chapters deal with judgesʼ passivity in giving needlessly a judgment they claimed was unjust, to deciding against the judgeʼs own theoretical and practical position (Somersetʼs Case). Likewise stressed is the difficulty of developing law fit for the society, and of understanding foreign legal thinking. The survival of law in different circumstances for centuries and also in a different place is emphasized. The chapters are separate entities, and the author claims that each must stand on its own merits. But he insists that if each is plausible, then together they present a very different approach to law in society from those habitually offered."--Publisher description.

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