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Legal Systems & Skills

Legal Systems & Skills

Legal Systems & Skills provides students with a practical guide to all the essential knowledge and skills they will need for their law degree and beyond. Divided into three core areas, it forms a foundation for legal studies and for graduate employment. Essential Legal Systems: Part I delivers a focused and practical guide to the purpose and application of law. Contemporary and holistic in approach, it covers all the essential topics in legal systems, considering social, moral, ethical, and jurisprudential perspectives. Taking learning further, it helps students to critically evaluate legal systems and their implications for individuals, businesses, and commerce. Essential Legal Skills: Part II demonstrates step-by-step approaches to acquiring and honing the skills needed for the academic study of law and professional practice. Numerous visual aids and learning features help students to become adept researchers, nimble problem-solvers, dexterous writers, and competent communicators. They will acquire the tools they need to analyse, evaluate, and apply the law, and to thrive in their future careers. Essential Employability and Commercial Awareness: Part III helps students to see how their knowledge and skills can be practically applied, in the legal world or outside of it. Students are encouraged to reflect on and actively improve their commercial awareness through case studies, and activities, aimed at helping them to develop the skills they will need to thrive in the world of work. Targeted coverage of employability, CV development, and transferrable skills helps students to approach their future careers with confidence and communicate their own competencies effectively. This book is the essential contemporary toolkit for savvy law students, enabling them to: Learn how law works; Develop the essential skills; and Apply them to succeed. This text is accompanied by an Online Resource Centre offering students the following stimulating resources: - Self-test questions - A library of web links that direct students to useful websites and relevant media - The authors' guidance to answering the thought-provoking questions in the book - Additional content providing guidance on effective teamwork, meetings and presentations - Regular updates in the law - Sample interview questions to help students identify which areas of commercial awareness they need to focus on

Wrongful Convictions and the DNA Revolution Twenty-Five Years of Freeing the Innocent

Wrongful Convictions and the DNA Revolution Twenty-Five Years of Freeing the Innocent

Author: Daniel S. Medwed Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2017

For centuries, most people believed the criminal justice system worked - that only guilty defendants were convicted. DNA technology shattered that belief. DNA has now freed more than three hundred innocent prisoners in the United States. This book examines the lessons learned from twenty-five years of DNA exonerations and identifies lingering challenges. By studying the dataset of DNA exonerations, we know that precise factors lead to wrongful convictions. These include eyewitness misidentifications, false confessions, dishonest informants, poor defense lawyering, weak forensic evidence, and prosecutorial misconduct. In Part I, scholars discuss the efforts of the Innocence Movement over the past quarter century to expose the phenomenon of wrongful convictions and to implement lasting reforms. In Part II, another set of researchers looks ahead and evaluates what still needs to be done to realize the ideal of a more accurate system.

Clean House? Studies of Corruption in Sweden

Clean House? Studies of Corruption in Sweden

Author: Andreas Bergh, Mats Sjolin Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/07/2016

In virtually all popular indices and scales measuring bribery and dishonesty on a national level, Sweden performs strongly with its quality of rule of law and absence of corruption. But does this automatically imply that this least sickly patient can be declared perfectly healthy? By extensively reviewing existing research and consulting various sources of data, the authors of A Clean House? attempt to unpack the Swedish case. What do we know about corruption in Sweden, and what can be said of such affairs over time in the country? The four scholars of political science demonstrate that countries typically viewed as low-corruption states can have particular problems of a different type that should not be underestimated nor neglected.

The Jewish Law Annual Volume 14

The Jewish Law Annual Volume 14

Author: Boston University of Law The Institute of Jewish Law Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2016

The volume contains ten articles, including a penetrating analysis of the application of Jewish price fraud law to the workings of the present-day marketplace. Diverse in their scope and focus, the articles address legal, historical, textual, comparative and conceptual questions. The volume concludes with a survey of recent literature on biblical and Jewish law, and a chronicle section, which discusses recent Israeli and American court cases involving issues where Jewish law is of particular relevance, thereby making the Annual a journal of record.

The Mandate of Heaven and The Great Ming Code

The Mandate of Heaven and The Great Ming Code

Author: Yonglin Jiang Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/02/2016

After overthrowing the Mongol Yuan dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang, the founder of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), proclaimed that he had obtained the Mandate of Heaven (Tianming), enabling establishment of a spiritual orientation and social agenda for China. Zhu, emperor during the Ming's Hongwu reign period, launched a series of social programs to rebuild the empire and define Chinese cultural identity. To promote its reform programs, the Ming imperial court issued a series of legal documents, culminating in The Great Ming Code (Da Ming lu), which supported China's legal system until the Ming was overthrown and also served as the basis of the legal code of the following dynasty, the Qing (1644-1911). This companion volume to Jiang Yonglin's translation of The Great Ming Code (2005) analyzes the thought underlying the imperial legal code. Was the concept of the Mandate of Heaven merely a tool manipulated by the ruling elite to justify state power, or was it essential to their belief system and to the intellectual foundation of legal culture? What role did law play in the imperial effort to carry out the social reform programs? Jiang addresses these questions by examining the transformative role of the Code in educating the people about the Mandate of Heaven. The Code served as a cosmic instrument and moral textbook to ensure all under Heaven were aligned with the cosmic order. By promoting, regulating, and prohibiting categories of ritual behavior, the intent of the Code was to provide spiritual guidance to Chinese subjects, as well as to acquire political legitimacy. The Code also obligated officials to obey the supreme authority of the emperor, to observe filial behavior toward parents, to care for the welfare of the masses, and to maintain harmonious relationships with deities. This set of regulations made officials the representatives of the Son of Heaven in mediating between the spiritual and mundane worlds and in governing the human realm. This study challenges the conventional assumption that law in premodern China was used merely as an arm of the state to maintain social control and as a secular tool to exercise naked power. Based on a holistic approach, Jiang argues that the Ming ruling elite envisioned the cosmos as an integrated unit; they saw law, religion, and political power as intertwined, remarkably different from the modern compartmentalized worldview. In serving as a cosmic instrument to manifest the Mandate of Heaven, The Great Ming Code represented a powerful religious effort to educate the masses and transform society.

Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies

Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies

Author: Justin B. Richland, Sarah Deer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/12/2015

In clear and straightforward language, Justin B. Richland and Sarah Deer discuss the history and structure of tribal justice systems; the scope of criminal and civil jurisdictions; and the various means by which the integrity of tribal courts is maintained. This book is an indispensable resource for students, tribal leaders, and tribal communities interested in the complicated relationship between tribal, federal, and state law.

Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies

Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies

Author: Justin B. Richland, Sarah Deer Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/12/2015

In clear and straightforward language, Justin B. Richland and Sarah Deer discuss the history and structure of tribal justice systems; the scope of criminal and civil jurisdictions; and the various means by which the integrity of tribal courts is maintained. This book is an indispensable resource for students, tribal leaders, and tribal communities interested in the complicated relationship between tribal, federal, and state law.

Sovereignty in the Shared Legal Order of the EU: Core Values of Regulation and Enforcement

Sovereignty in the Shared Legal Order of the EU: Core Values of Regulation and Enforcement

Author: Ton van den Brink Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2015

How does EU membership affect national sovereignty? This question has acquired a central place in the public debate on the European Union. National sovereignty relates to the independence of nation states in international affairs and to their autonomy to organize domestic matters. The European Union has challenged both, or so it has been perceived. In any case, such a view on sovereignty narrows the focus down to the question of national policy discretion. This edited volume offers a broader perspective on sovereignty relying on the international law concept. In addition to authority, this concept also includes citizenship and territory and assumes unity between these three elements. The focus is on the role of core values such as (representative) democracy, rule of law, justice, equality and economic stability in the process of shaping sovereignty in the shared legal order of the European Union. Moreover, not only the EU's power to regulate, but also issues of enforcement are addressed. Seven case-studies exploring 11 policy domains ranging from financial markets to social policy, and from administrative law to private law address two sub questions: how do core values define the relation between EU and national authority, citizenship and territory and how are conflicts between core values addressed within this shared legal order. Three cross-cutting studies on authority, citizenship, and territory identify common approaches and existing challenges. All 23 contributors of this volume work at the Utrecht Centre for Shared Regulation and Enforcement in Europe (RENFORCE). [Subject: International Law, European Law, Social Policy, Administrative Law, Private Law]

Judicial Decision-Making in a Globalised World A Comparative Analysis of the Changing Practices of Western Highest Courts

Judicial Decision-Making in a Globalised World A Comparative Analysis of the Changing Practices of Western Highest Courts

Author: Elaine Mak Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2015

Why do judges study legal sources that originated outside their own national legal system, and how do they use arguments from these sources in deciding domestic cases? Based on interviews with judges, this book presents the inside story of how judges engage with international and comparative law in the highest courts of the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, France and the Netherlands. A comparative analysis of the views and experiences of the judges clarifies how the decision-making of these Western courts has developed in light of the internationalisation of law and the increased opportunities for transnational judicial communication. While the qualitative analysis reveals the motives that judges claim for using foreign law and the influence of 'globalist' and 'localist' approaches to judging, the author also finds suggestions of a convergence of practices between the courts that are the subject of this study. This empirical analysis is complemented by a constitutional-theoretical inquiry into the procedural and substantive factors of legal evolution, which enable or constrain the development and possible convergence of highest courts' practices. The two strands of the analysis are connected in a final contextual reflection on the future development of the role of Western highest courts.

The Continuity of Legal Systems in Theory and Practice

The Continuity of Legal Systems in Theory and Practice

Author: Dr. Benjamin Spagnolo Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/10/2015

The Continuity of Legal Systems in Theory and Practice examines a persistent and fascinating question about the continuity of legal systems: when is a legal system existing at one time the same legal system that exists at another time? The book's distinctive approach to this question is to combine abstract critical analysis of two of the most developed theories of legal systems, those of Hans Kelsen and Joseph Raz, with an evaluation of their capacity, in practice, to explain the facts, attitudes and normative standards for which they purport to account. That evaluation is undertaken by reference to Australian constitutional law and history, whose diverse and complex phenomena make it particularly apt for evaluating the theories' explanatory power. In testing whether the depiction of Australian law presented by each theory achieves an adequate 'fit' with historical facts, the book also contributes to the understanding of Australian law and legal systems between 1788 and 2001. By collating the relevant Australian materials systematically for the first time, it presents the case for reconceptualising the role of Imperial laws and institutions during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and clarifies the interrelationship between Colonial, State, Commonwealth and Imperial legal systems, both before and after Federation.