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Law and Language


  • Date Published: August 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107458215

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  • Obligations: Law and Language is the first work of its kind to examine in depth the fundamental language used by courts, legislators, and academic commentators when describing the nature of obligations law. A comparative perspective is taken, examining the law of England, Scotland, the United States, Canada, and Australia, and an in-depth analysis is provided of the major legal commentaries, statutes, and case law from each jurisdiction. In exploring such fundamental words as obligation, liability, debt, conditional, unilateral, mutual, and gratuitous, the author examines the often confusing and contradictory ways in which basic structural language has been used, and brings clarity to a core area of legal theory and practice.

    • Examines the meaning of the fundamental language used to describe legal obligations, appealing to those interested in the way the law uses words to give shape and definition to obligations law
    • Explores the language of obligations from both a theoretical and practical perspective, and is comprehensive in the source material it examines: statutes, case law and academic commentary
    • A comparison of legal systems in different countries will be of use to readers all over the world
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107458215
    • length: 366 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Obligation and liability
    2. Conditionality and contingency
    3. Unilaterality and bilaterality
    4. Gratuitousness and onerousness
    5. Mutuality and reciprocity
    6. Voluntariness and consent

  • Author

    Martin Hogg, University of Edinburgh
    Martin Hogg has researched and published extensively in the field of obligations law, from both a national and comparative perspective, for over twenty years. He is the author of two monographs, the most recent being Promises and Contract Law: Comparative Perspectives (Cambridge, 2011). He is a member of the European Centre for Tort and Insurance Law, and since 2014 has been the editor of the Edinburgh Law Review.

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