American law in a global context: the basics

American law in a global context: the basics

American law in a global context: the basics

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Edition Details

  • Creators or Attribution (Responsibility): Steve Sheppard, George P. Fletcher
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): England
  • Publication Information: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
  • Publication Type (Medium): Electronic books, Handbooks and manuals, Handbooks, manuals, etc
  • Material: Document, Internet resource
  • Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
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Additional Format

Print version: Fletcher, George P. American law in a global context. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2005 (DLC) 2003028123 (OCoLC)53987093

Short Description

1 online resource (XII, 682 pages)

Purpose and Intended Audience

Useful for students learning an area of law, American law in a global context: the basics is also useful for lawyers seeking to apply the law to issues arising in practice.

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Bibliographic information

  • Responsable Person: George P. Fletcher and Steve Sheppard.
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Country/State: England
  • Number of Editions: 17 editions
  • First edition Date: 2004
  • Last edition Date: 2010
  • General Notes: Includes index.
  • Languages: US English
  • Library of Congress Code: KF380
  • Dewey Code: 349.73
  • ISBN: 9780199729296 0199729298 1423720806 9781423720805 9780195167238 0195167236 9780195167221 0195167228 1280534095 9781280534096
  • OCLC: 61342061

Publisher Description:

Whatever your background, if you seek an understanding of the legal system of the United States, this is the book for you.
American Law in a Global Context is an elegant and erudite introduction to the American legal system from a global perspective. It covers the law and lawyering tools taught in the first year of law school, explaining the underlying concepts and techniques of the common law used in U.S. legal practice. The ideas central to the development and practice of American law, as well as constitutional law, contracts, property, criminal law, and courtroom procedure, are all presented in their historical and intellectual contexts, accessible to the novice but with insight that will inform the expert. Actual cases ILluminate each major subject, engaging readers in the legal process and the arguments between real people that make American law an ever-evolving system.
George P. Fletcher and Steve Sheppard's exciting approach contrasts the American legal system with other legal systems, especially those of continental Europe. This comparison ILluminates the core concepts of US law, making them easily understandable to readers from other systems, and offering a unique perspective on American law as part of global network of laws. Designed to help the foreign student grasp the basic ideas of pedagogy, legal institutions, and substantive law in the US, appendices include an introduction to the common law method, instruction on how to read a case, and the interpretation of statutes.
Based on the course for lawyers from across the globe studying American law at Columbia University, this cutting edge volume makes the basics of American legal education accessible to students and the public worldwide. A must-own reference source for LLM students, undergraduates, and students of US law in other countries.

Main Contents

Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Preface; Acknowledgments; Contents; Introduction; PART I Common Law and Civil Law; ONE The Common Law; TWO The Civil Law; THREE The Language of Law: Common and Civil; FOUR Legal Reasoning; PART II Constitutional Identity; FIVE The Constitution as Code; SIX Judicial Review; SEVEN Federalism; EIGHT The Alternative Constitution; NINE Equality Prevails; TEN Freedom Fights Back; ELEVEN The Jury; TWELVE Due Process Ascendant; THIRTEEN Coordinating the States; FOURTEEN Multiple Common Laws? PART III The Theory of the Common Law: Liberalism and Its AlternativesFIFTEEN Feudalism in Land Law; SIXTEEN The Triumph of Equity; SEVENTEEN Contemporary Property; EIGHTEEN The Frontiers of Property; NINETEEN Contract as Law; TWENTY Contract as Justice; TWENTY-ONE Contractual Harm; TWENTY-TWO Foundations of Tort Law; TWENTY-THREE Economic Efficiency; TWENTY-FOUR From Contributory to Comparative Fault; TWENTY-FIVE Disputed Boundaries: Punitive Damages; TWENTY-SIX The American Civil Trial in Outline; PART IV Criminal Law: The Adversary System and Its Alternatives TWENTY-SEVEN Where Would You Rather Be Tried?TWENTY-EIGHT The Fate of Bernhard Goetz; TWENTY-NINE Self-Defense: Domestic and International; SUMMARY The Right and the Reasonable; Appendices; APPENDIX ONE How to Read (and Brief) a Case; APPENDIX TWO Common Law Method; or, How to Do Things with Cases; APPENDIX THREE The Interpretation of Statutes; INDEX; Footnotes; Introfn; Ch01fn; Ch02fn; Ch03fn; Ch04fn; Pt02fn; Ch05fn; Ch06fn; Ch07fn; Ch08fn; Ch09fn; Ch10fn; Ch11fn; Ch12fn; Ch13fn; Ch14fn; Ch15fn; Ch16fn; Ch17fn; Ch18fn; Ch19fn; Ch20fn; Ch21fn; Ch22fn; Ch23fn; Ch24fn; Ch25fn; Ch26fn; Pt04fn Ch27fnCh28fn; Ch29fn; Sumfn; App01Fn; App02Fn; App03Fn

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