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Historical Foundations of Australian Law
Author: Justin T Gleeson

ISBN: 9781862879379
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 1040
Published: 3 July 2013
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6
Description:
Justice McHugh once said that a lack of understanding of legal history was a misfortune, not a privilege.

That was an understatement. As well as being essential for any Australian lawyer, the history underlying and informing the Australian legal system is a uniquely interesting amalgam of English, American and local developments.

The two volumes of Historical Foundations of Australian Law set the very highest standards of analysis and scholarship. Each is introduced by a useful and perceptive commentary by James Watson. Together, they contain 31 essays by distinguished judges and practitioners and academics. Although each essay is self-contained, in combination they yield a rich analysis of how Australian law has reached its present state.

The first volume, Institutions, Concepts and Personalities, contains incisive assessments of key figures such as Sir Owen Dixon and Justice Joseph Story (by Justices Hayne and Allsop respectively), and of key developments such as the establishment of an Australian land law, the reception of the common law, the growth to nationhood, the changing role of precedent...

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