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Law: A Very Short Introduction

Third Edition

Raymond Wacks

May 2023

ISBN: 9780192870506

208 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

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Law touches every aspect of our daily lives, and yet the main concepts, terms, and processes of the legal system remain obscure to many. This Very Short Introduction, in its third edition, provides a lucid, accessible guide to modern legal systems, considering a number of social and political events that have had an impact on the law.

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Law touches every aspect of our daily lives, and yet the main concepts, terms, and processes of the legal system remain obscure to many. This Very Short Introduction, in its third edition, provides a lucid, accessible guide to modern legal systems, considering a number of social and political events that have had an impact on the law.

  • Provides a general account of legal systems around the world from the earliest beginnings to the present - and the future
  • Examines the future of the law in the face of a number of contemporary challenges including the threat of terrorism, surveillance, and the impact of the Internet
  • Looks beyond domestic law to examine how international law is used to settle disputes between states, punish malevolent dictators, and create a better world
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

New to this edition

  • In this new edition, the author considers a number of social and political events that have had an impact on the law, including the COVID-19 pandemic, surveillance, and the killing of George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement

About the Author(s)

Raymond Wacks, Emeritus Professor of Law and Legal Theory, University of Hong Kong

Raymond Wacks is Emeritus Professor of Law and Legal Theory at the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of sixteen books which have been translated into a dozen languages. They include Personal Information: Privacy and the Law (1989, OUP); Privacy and Media Freedom (2013, OUP); Privacy: A Very Short Introduction (2015, OUP); and Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction, (2014, OUP). His recent publications include Protecting Personal Information: The Right to Privacy Reconsidered (2020), COVID-19 and Public Policy in the Digital Age (2021), and National Security in the New World Order: Government and the Technology of Information (with Andrea Monti).

Table of Contents

    1:Law's roots
    2:Law's branches
    3:Law and morality
    4:Courts
    5:Lawyers
    6:The future of law
    Further reading
    Index

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