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Law: A Very Short Introduction [Format Kindle]

Raymond Wacks
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Law underlies our society - it protects our rights, imposes duties on each of us, and establishes a framework for the conduct of almost every social, political, and economic activity. The punishment of crime, compensation of the injured, and the enforcement of contracts are merely some of the tasks of a modern legal system. It also strives to achieve justice, promote freedom, and protect our security.

The result is a system that, while it touches all of our daily lives, is properly understood by only a few, with its impenetrable jargon, obsolete procedures, and interminable stream of Byzantine statutes and judgments of the courts.

This clear, jargon-free Very Short Introduction aims to redress that balance, as it introduces the essentials of law and legal systems in a lively, accessible, and stimulating manner. Explaining the main concepts, terms, and processes of the legal system, it focuses on the Western tradition (the common law and the civil law), but also includes discussions of other legal systems, such as customary law and Islamic law. And it looks to the future too, as globalization and rapid advances
in technology place increasing strain on our current legal system.

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Upon learning that I have read this book, a friend of mine (who happened to be a law student) remarked that "there is no such thing as a very short introduction to law." She was referring of course to the voluminous cases and laws that all law students are supposed to study and even memorize in many instances. This is a daunting process that requires many hours and hard work, and on a surface it would seem inconceivable that it could be condensed into a very short book that does justice to it. In the light of that, it is quite remarkable that something like this has been accomplished in the form of this book. The important thing to keep in mind is that the subject of this book is law in general, and not any particular instances of it that are dealt with here. Raymond Wacks does a remarkable job narrating the story of law: its origins, history, different legal systems that exist in the world, and the future of law. The two major legal traditions in the world - the common and civil law - are described and explained at some detail. Even so, there are many jurisdictions around the world that mix elements from both traditions, and within each tradition there are many subcategories and peculiar practices. Thus, US legal system in particular, although it belongs to the common law tradition, has many characteristics that are at odds with the rest of the common law universe. The visually most conspicuous one is the lack of any special attire that is required of lawyers at trials. Even the very profession of a lawyer is somewhat particular to the US, and does not quite exist in other jurisdictions.

Overall, this is a very readable and informative book that does not require much preexisting knowledge of the law, and it does not overwhelm the reader with the legal language. It is an excellent introduction to a very important aspect of the way that the world operates.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good start 22 juillet 2012
Par Jasnil
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Simple, helpful, easy to read introduction to Law, including history, philosophy, and basics.
A good place to start to learn about the subject.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An informative and readable introduction to the law 27 juillet 2009
Par Dr. Bojan Tunguz - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Upon learning that I have read this book, a friend of mine (who happened to be a law student) remarked that "there is no such thing as a very short introduction to law." She was referring of course to the voluminous cases and laws that all law students are supposed to study and even memorize in many instances. This is a daunting process that requires many hours and hard work, and on a surface it would seem inconceivable that it could be condensed into a very short book that does justice to it. In the light of that, it is quite remarkable that something like this has been accomplished in the form of this book. The important thing to keep in mind is that the subject of this book is law in general, and not any particular instances of it that are dealt with here. Raymond Wacks does a remarkable job narrating the story of law: its origins, history, different legal systems that exist in the world, and the future of law. The two major legal traditions in the world - the common and civil law - are described and explained at some detail. Even so, there are many jurisdictions around the world that mix elements from both traditions, and within each tradition there are many subcategories and peculiar practices. Thus, US legal system in particular, although it belongs to the common law tradition, has many characteristics that are at odds with the rest of the common law universe. The visually most conspicuous one is the lack of any special attire that is required of lawyers at trials. Even the very profession of a lawyer is somewhat particular to the US, and does not quite exist in other jurisdictions.

Overall, this is a very readable and informative book that does not require much preexisting knowledge of the law, and it does not overwhelm the reader with the legal language. It is an excellent introduction to a very important aspect of the way that the world operates.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 More than a very short introduction 24 novembre 2011
Par John Read - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I purchased this title for my 16-year-old granddaughter who hopes to enter studies in international law at Cambridge next year. I also bought a copy for myself. I know a bit about English common law, but had only sketchy knowledge of Civil Law -- something I needed to remedy since I live outside the United States for the most part in a country ruled by Civil Law.

Raymond Wacks does a more than admirable job in providing an overview of all known existent legal systems, even including brief excursions into various examples of tribal law. A British professor, his greatest strength resides in his mastery of the nuances of so-called star decisions in the forms of English common law that also obtain in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and other former British colonies and territories. At the writing of this book he resided and taught in Italy, the origin of the Civil Law that governs Western Europe and Latin America.

He writes with great understanding and humor (such as his British dry wit will allow), and not at all as a Cliff Notes expositor might. While he provides an overview, he goes beyond mere fact and really offers a solid treatise on the subject of Law itself. Highly recommended! I'd give it five stars, but feel stingy this morning.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Just terrific 30 juillet 2012
Par DIYjones - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is a gem and it deserves a wider audience. The author has accomplished something that is very rare in taking a complex subject (law) and condensing it to the essentials. A teenager could read this for a great introduction to law just as well as a lawyer could read it for a fresh and insightful perspective. Read it. You can't miss with this one.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Does the job nicely 9 décembre 2013
Par Sussman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A well done and concise primer, that attempts to answer the most fundamental tenets of the Law, by looking at structure and function of the legal system. This AVSI edition is done in a very manageable fashion that is readable without getting technical in its approach. Cram packed with a plethora of information, without going into `overload, any person new to the subject matter will not be daunted with this edition. While useful for those interested in the subject for its own sake, as well as those that maybe looking into a career in Law as a career path. This is a rather well done edition that espouses the very ethos of the `A Very Short Introduction' series.
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Complex Vocabulary 8 septembre 2013
Par Eric Kramer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I like the author and enjoyed his comparisons of law, however, I had to keep a dictionary next to me when I was reading b/c there were a lot of words I didn't even know. And I consider myself to be a learned person.
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On the one hand is the view that law consists of a set of universal moral principles in accordance with nature. This view (adopted by so-called natural lawyers) has a long history dating back to ancient Greece. For so-called legal positivists, on the other hand, law is nothing more than a collection of valid rules, commands, or norms that may lack any moral content. &quote;
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First, the common law is essentially unwritten, non-textual law that was fashioned by medieval lawyers and the judges of the royal courts before whom they submitted their arguments. &quote;
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Second, the common law is casuistic: the building blocks are cases rather than, as in the civil law system, texts. &quote;
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