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Published: 11 July 2013

440 Pages


ISBN: 9780199657490

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This text is published by OUP Higher Education Division

Chapter 1

Learning Legal Rules

A Students' Guide to Legal Method and Reasoning

Eighth Edition

James Holland and Julian Webb

  • Introduces the essential topics in legal method and skills, enabling you to understand and put into practice the key skills you'll need throughout your degree course and beyond
  • Provides specific guidance on statutory interpretation techniques as well as practical help on how to research, read, and analyse legislation
  • Includes a dedicated chapter on understanding and identifying ratio decidendi and obiter dictum in judgments
  • Exercises throughout the book help you to develop your reasoning skills
  • Contains chapters on the techniques involved in academic research and legal writing
  • Accompanied by an Online Resource Centre, complete with a test bank of 200 multiple choice questions for use by lecturers, and self-test questions for students

New to this Edition:

  • Coverage of the proposals by the recent Commission on Human Rights and the case of Othman (Abu Qatada) v United Kingdom (on convention rights)
  • Chapters 3 and 11 have been substantially revised and updated to take account of reforms to EU Law and the CJEU
  • Coverage of more recent pronouncements in stare decisis such as the overlap with international obligations
  • More practical examples to illustrate the concepts underpinning both case law analysis and statutory interpretation
  • Expanded coverage on legal writing

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