9780511782152 (ebook) 9781107000377 (hardback) 9780521188517 (paperback)
Great cases are those judicial decisions around which the common law develops. This book explores eight exemplary cases from the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia that show the law as a living, breathing and down-the-street experience. It explores the social circumstances in which the cases arose and the ordinary people whose stories influenced and shaped the law as well as the characters and institutions (lawyers, judges and courts) that did much of the heavy lifting. By examining the consequences and fallout of these decisions, the book depicts the common law as an experimental, dynamic, messy, productive, tantalizing and bottom-up process, thereby revealing the diverse and uncoordinated attempts by the courts to adapt the law to changing conditions and shifting demands. Great cases are one way to glimpse the workings of the common law as an untidy but stimulating exercise in human judgment and social accomplishment.
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Formatted Contents Note
In praise of great cases : the big, the bad and the goodly Is eating people wrong? : the law and lore of the sea Bearing witness : in support of the rule of law In the hunt : power, property, and possession Shades of Brown : a constitutional catharsis A snail in a bottle : nature, neighbors, and negligence An aboriginal title : the lie and law of the land Grinding at the mill : putting limits on agreements Of crimes and cautions : the rights and rites of investigation Coming up for air : the common law at 2010.