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The Common Law: A Very Short Introduction

Joshua Getzler

August 2023

ISBN: 9780198705628

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

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The common law dates back to 11th century England and the British Empire. In this Very Short Introduction Joseph Getzler explains the evolution of the common law through the centuries, describing the main institutions; from courts, procedures, and juries, to the main categories of law, including property, tort, contract, and public law.

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The common law dates back to 11th century England and the British Empire. In this Very Short Introduction Joseph Getzler explains the evolution of the common law through the centuries, describing the main institutions; from courts, procedures, and juries, to the main categories of law, including property, tort, contract, and public law.

  • Explains the main principles of the common law, a body of rules and procedures dating back to 11th and 12th century England
  • Includes the historical background to the main institutions of the law
  • Explains how the main subject categories of law were developed
  • Explores the differences in practice between the UK, USA, and the old nations of the British Empire
  • Assesses the political content and implications of the law
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introduction series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Joshua Getzler, Professor of Law and Legal History, University of Oxford; Fellow and Tutor in Law, St Hugh's College, Oxford

Joshua Getzler is Professor of Law and Legal History at the university of Oxford and a Fellow of St Hugh's College Oxford. He was educated in history and law at the Australian National University and the University of Oxford. He has taught at Oxford since 1993. He combines modern legal research, looking at institutions of commercial and financial law, with historical research, chiefly trusts and property in the 18th and 19th centuries, with glances at the influence of Civilian and religious laws on more modern jurisprudence. He has taught and researched at the Australian National University, the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania, and he holds an adjunct post at the University of New South Wales.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction
    2:The common law tradition
    3:Courts, judges, juries
    4:The common law of property
    5:The common law of obligations
    6:The common law and government
    7:The common law and crime
    8:Mapping the common law
    9:The common law abroad
    Epilogue - the future of the common law
    Further reading
    Index

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