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Law Books in Action

Essays on the Anglo-American Legal Treatise

Editor(s): Angela Fernandez, Markus Dubber
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Published: 02-04-2012
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 262
ISBN: 9781849461412
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP: £75.00
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About Law Books in Action

'Law Books in Action: Essays on the Anglo-American Legal Treatise' explores the history of the legal treatise in the common law world. Rather than looking at treatises as shortcuts from 'law in books' to 'law in action', the essays in this collection ask what treatises can tell us about what troubled legal professionals at a given time, what motivated them to write what they did, and what they hoped to achieve. This book, then, is the first study of the legal treatise as a 'law book in action', an active text produced by individuals with ideas about what they wanted the law to be, not a mere stepping-stone to codes and other forms of legal writing, but a multifaceted genre of legal literature in its own right, practical and fanciful, dogmatic and ornamental in turn. This book will be of interest to legal scholars, lawyers and judges, as well as to anyone else with a scholarly interest in law in general, and legal history in particular.

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Putting the Legal Treatise in Its Place
Angela Fernandez and Markus D Dubber
1. Historicising Blackstone's Commentaries on The Laws of England: Difference and Sameness in Historical Time
Kunal M Parker
2. 'Of Institutes and Treatises': Blackstone's Commentaries, Kent's Commentaries and Murdoch's Epitome of the Laws of Nova-Scotia
Philip Girard
3. Tapping Reeve, Coverture and America's First Legal Treatise
Angela Fernandez
4. Story'd Paradigms for the Nineteenth-Century Display of Anglo-American Legal Doctrine
G Blaine Baker
5. A Province of Jurisprudence?: Invention of a Law of Constitutional Conventions
Roman J Hoyos
6. Nineteenth-Century Treatises on English Contract Law
Stephen Waddams
7. Of Treatises and Textbooks: The Literature of the Criminal Law in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Lindsay Farmer
8. Truth and Privilege: Libel Treatises and the Transmission of Legal Norms in the Early Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American World
Lyndsay Campbell
9. Renovate or Rebuild? Treatises, Digests and Criminal Law Codification
Barry Wright
10. A Low Law Counter Treatise? Absentees' to 'Wreck' in British North America's First Justice of the Peace Manual
Jim Phillips
11. Commentary: Effects of Scale: Toward a History of the Literature of Law
Christopher Tomlins

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