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Law: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Raymond Wacks

September 2015

ISBN: 9780198745624

192 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

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 second edition, provides a lucid, accessible guide to modern legal systems, explaining how the law works across our contemporary digital world.

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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 second edition, provides a lucid, accessible guide to modern legal systems, explaining how the law works across our contemporary digital world.

New to this edition

  • 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
  • Discusses the contentious relationships between law and society and law and morality
  • Takes into account developments in Law since the first edition, and offers updated discussions of topical subjects such as international humanitarian law
  • Includes jargon-free explanations of legal terms and concepts, court procedures and judgements
  • Explains the workings of the legal system, and how it unifies a vast framework as widespread as the punishment of crime, the enforcement of contracts, and the protection of personal freedoms
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

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 a prolific and influential writer on legal theory and human rights, in particular the protection of privacy, on which he is a leading international authority. Previous books include Understanding Jurisprudence: An Introduction to Legal Theory (OUP, 2012), Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2006), and Privacy: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2015), which is now in its second edition.

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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