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Is Eating People Wrong?

Is Eating People Wrong?

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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.

Author: Allan C. Hutchinson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 12/13/2010
Pages: 260
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.19lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.10w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9781107000377

Review Citation(s):
Quill & Quire 04/01/2011 pg. 38
Choice 08/01/2011

About the Author
Hutchinson, Allan C.: - Allan C. Hutchinson is a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, Toronto and a widely recognized leading law scholar. In 2004, he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2006 he was named as a Distinguished Research Professor of York University. Hutchinson has authored and/or edited sixteen books, most recently The Province of Jurisprudence Democratized and Evolution and the Common Law.

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