Law and Modern Society
2nd Revised edition
By (author) P. S. Atiyah
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Law and Modern Society by P. S. Atiyah
Book DescriptionThe law in a modern society is an extremely bulky and complex instrument, with a distracting tendency to become less fixed, less rule-oriented, and more discretionary. An institution made by men for the government of men, the law today can all too readily confuse and dismay us. How and why is so much new law made? By what right does a judge order that a man be sent to gaol? Why is so much law so bad, and why should we, the people, accept the laws made by those who claim the right to govern us? In this lucid, stimulating and completely updated survey, which presupposes no specialist knowledge of the subject, P S Atiyah introduces the reader to a number of fundamental issues about the law, the legal profession, and the adjudicative process. This new edition gives greater emphasis to the effect of membership of the European Community on English law, and gives an expanded account of the European convention on Human Rights with its subsequent effects on English law. Atiyah also looks at the recent controversy over the independence of the judiciary, problems arising from the cost of legal services and legal aid, and the many appalling miscarriages of justice which have disfigured the legal system in the past decade.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780192892676
(196mm x 131mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Oxford Paperbacks
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 21-Sep-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author P. S. Atiyah
Atiyah's Introduction to the Law of Contract, Paperback (February 2006)
Provides readers with an introduction to the theories, policies, and ideas that underlie the law, identifying an equal emphasis on the law and critical analysis. This sixth edition places the law of contract in a modern context and accounts for developments in the law, as well as those in academic thinking and writing.
Form and Substance in Anglo-American Law, Paperback (July 1991)
Offers a new method for the analysis of styles of legal reasoning, which is then demonstrated by the comparison of legal reasoning - and the legal system as a whole - in England and the USA. The text suggests that the English system is more formal, and the American system more substantive.
Essays on Contract, Paperback (August 1990)View all books by P. S. Atiyah
This revised edition has been updated and expanded to include a new essay on freedom of contract and the New Right, which charts the latest shift in the development of contract law. The author argues that this shift can be traced to the New Right's advocacy of political and economic freedom.
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Author Biography - P. S. Atiyah
P. S. Atiyah was Professor of English Law at Oxford from 1977 unti 1988 when he retired.
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