The Common Law: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | May 1, 2018

byJoshua Getzler

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The common law began as England's national system of adjudication for correcting wrongs, protecting rights, and enforcing due administration of government in the Royal courts. Its origins can be traced back to 11th century England, and was soon exported to the rest of Britain and ultimately tothe far-flung reaches of the British Empire. The common law has therefore enjoyed nearly a thousand years of development and elaboration, in many lands, influenced by but separate from the systems of continental Europe, with its own distinctive procedures of pleading, fact-finding, and remedies. Itdeveloped laws that govern much of today's world of trade, business, and finance; it defended ideas of personal liberty and equality before the law; and it helped establish principles of constitutional, legally-limited government, and administration. Thus the common law provides an original andcrucial strand in the history of social organization, politics, and culture around the world. In this Very Short Introduction Joseph Getzler explains the evolution of the common law. The main institutions of the common law are described - courts, procedures, judges and juries, and means of reporting, analysing, and learning the law; and the main categories of common-law rights and duties aredelineated - property, contract, and tort, equitable claims, unjust enrichment, crime, constitutional and public law, and civil liberties. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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The common law began as England's national system of adjudication for correcting wrongs, protecting rights, and enforcing due administration of government in the Royal courts. Its origins can be traced back to 11th century England, and was soon exported to the rest of Britain and ultimately tothe far-flung reaches of the British Empire...

Joshua Getzler is Professor of Law and Legal History at the university of Oxford and a Fellow of St Hugh's College Oxford. He was educated in history and law at the Australian National University and the University of Oxford. He has taught at Oxford since 1993. He combines modern legal research, looking at institutions of commercial an...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pagesPublished:May 1, 2018Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The common law tradition3. Courts, judges, juries4. The common law of property5. The common law of obligations6. The common law and government7. The common law and crime8. Mapping the common law9. The common law abroadEpilogue - the future of the common lawFurther readingIndex