The Eye of the Law
Two Essays on Legal History
By (author) Michael Stolleis
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Eye of the Law by Michael Stolleis
Book DescriptionWritten by the eminent German legal historian, Michael Stolleis, these two 'Essays on Legal History' offer an original and compelling history of the symbolism through which law is characterised as being 'above' us. In 'The Eye of the Law', the history of this metaphor is followed from antiquity through to the present day: from the Greek Eye of Justice, the eye of the impartial judge of the Underworld, the Eye of God watching past, present and future, the Eye of the Prince, guiding his subjects, to the almighty Eye of the Law. While our belief in the law may have become brittle, nothing escapes what is now the Eye of Big Brother. 'In the Name of the Law' takes up the various formulas used to legitimate the decisions of the courts, from the times of absolutism over the 19th century until today. The speaker who speaks in the name of a higher being underlines his function: his authority comes from above. And it is 'in the name of' god, king, people, state, nation, or law, that a weak, earthly, justice receives its support.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415472746
(216mm x 138mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Birkbeck Law Press
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 17-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael Stolleis
Eye of the Law, Hardback (September 2008)
Presents the history of the symbolism through which law is characterised as being 'above' us. This title presents the history of this metaphor from antiquity onwards: from the Greek Eye of Justice, the eye of the impartial judge of the Underworld, the Eye of God watching past, present and future, to the almighty Eye of the Law.
History of Public Law in Germany 1914-1945, Hardback (March 2004)
A history of the discipline of public law in Germany, covering three dramatic decades of the Twentieth century. This work opens with the First World War, analyses the highly creative years of the Weimar Republic, and recounts the decline of German public law that began in 1933 and extended to the downfall of the Third Reich.
Law Under the Swastika, Hardback (February 1998)» View all books by Michael Stolleis
Examines the evolution of legal history, theory and practice in Nazi Germany, especially its impact on the Federal Republic and the German legal profession. This text studies a wide range of legal fields, arguing that all types of law were affected by the political realities of National Socialism.
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Author Biography - Michael Stolleis
Michael Stolleis is Professor of Public Law and Legal History at the University of Frankfurt and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Legal History
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