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An Introduction to Law

8th Edition

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  • Date Published: November 2015
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  • isbn: 9781316434819

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  • Extensively updated throughout, this new edition introduces students to a wide range of modern legal issues. Written in a clear and engaging style, the book expertly addresses the ways in which the rules and structures of law respond to and influence changes in economic and political life. It provides a clear understanding of the relationship between law and society, with particular emphasis on the importance of morality, dispute solution and business regulation. An Introduction to Law is a valuable resource for students of law, be they undergraduate law students, those studying law as part of a mixed degree, or students on business or social science courses in which legal studies are included.

    • An accessible introduction for anyone new to legal study
    • Offers a contextualised approach to give the broadest possible perspective to the subject
    • Incorporates clear and concise coverage of major theoretical explanations of law, and key concepts which are part of the 'language' of law, such as the notions of rights, duties and property
    • Additional features include case studies, discussion questions and a supporting website
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book is an excellent and definitive introduction to law as a subject of study. It is comprehensive, accessible and thorough. The book easily stands out from its competitors in providing outstanding analysis of key concepts and ideas in law. It will [provide] the reader with an extremely clear, comprehensive and useful introduction to some of the most important issues faced by students of law.' Sarah Beresford, Lancaster University

    'In keeping with previous editions, this edition is a well written and student accessible text, that addresses the main areas expected from an 'introduction to' law textbook, but with a depth of analysis and range of authority covered that far exceeds its title as an 'introduction to law' textbook. The author explains and illustrates clearly and effectively the extent to which various factors (societal, historical, and economic) have influenced and continue to mould the creation, development and operation of legal rules, procedures, and institutions in the English legal system. Examples and cases referred to are up to date … and bring home the topicality and more importantly the relevance of the material covered to everyday life … It provides a real insight into what law and its operation is really about. A must-read for all students, whether studying law or not as a degree programme.' Sarah Willis, University of Northampton

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    Product details

    • Edition: 8th Edition
    • Date Published: November 2015
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316434819
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Law and society
    2. Law and morality
    3. Law and the regulations of economic activity
    4. Some important legal concepts
    5. Law and the settlement of disputes
    6. The making of legal rules
    7. The legal profession
    Part II:
    8. The European dimension of English law
    9. Liability in English law: the law of tort
    10. Liability in English law: crime and the criminal justice system
    11. The development and role of the contract
    12. Law and government.

  • Author

    Phil Harris, Sheffield Hallam University
    Phil Harris is Emeritus Professor of Legal Education at Sheffield Hallam University.

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