Is Eating People Wrong?: Great Legal Cases and How They Shaped the World
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Is Eating People Wrong?: Great Legal Cases and How They Shaped the World

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Great cases are those judicial decisions around which the common law develops. This book explores eight exemplary cases from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia that show the law as a living, breathing, and down-the-street experience. It explores the social circumstances in which the cases arose and the ordinary people whose stories influenced and shaped t...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published December 13th 2010 by Cambridge University Press (first published November 30th 2010)
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Petra X
Jun 06, 2014 Petra X marked it as interesting-books-i-have-not-read  ·  review of another edition
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Important Edit (2)The person who gave up this poor woman to the police was her own brother. He said she is a Muslim and deserves to die for marrying a Christian. She says their father died when she was 8 and she was brought up as a Christian by her Ethiopian mother. Muslim men are allowed to marry who they please. All Muslim women must marry Muslim men otherwise it is an offence punishable by death. Her own brother... These men must be brought up to think women are one step up from dogs. Get rid...more
In all honesty, the book's title is what caught my attention, I mean the possibility that within the book's pages discussions regarding taboo questions resided was enough to wet my appetite. Upon close examination, however, I realized that this book was concerned not with the taboo, but rather with the social, historical, and cultural dynamics that shape common law. I mean why is eating people considered wrong? Why is racial segregation no longer practiced in this country? Who owns a fox? The pe...more
Mark Johnson
One often hears politicians (usually on the conservative end of the political spectrum) decry the practice of "judges handing down laws from the bench." This book, which is aimed at a popular audience, makes it clear that, under the common law system inherited by the U.S, Canada and Australia from their former colonial rulers the British, handing down law is precisely what judges are supposed to do from their benches. The book presents nine classic legal cases which resulted in important common...more
Good, easy read. Title is taken from an English case R v Dudley and Stephens, involving a shipwreck, murder and cannibalism.

In that chapter, the author observes that literature and the law impact each other in either direction. The facts of the 1884 Dudley and Stephens case closely parallels an 1838 novella by Edgar Allan Poe ("The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket") Poe's tale is about four men adrift after a shipwreck who draw lots to see who would die and be eaten. The name of the...more
Mary Whisner
Canadian law professor Allan C. Hutchinsontells the stories of eight cases in Is Eating People Wrong? Great Legal Cases and How they Shaped the World. His big theme is the development of the common law through particular cases. Along the way, he offers more complete stories about some famous cases than you will ever find in a casebook or appellate opinion.

He opens with a case from Britain that actually begins in a lifeboat on the Atlantic ocean: The Queen v. Dudley and Stephens, 14 Q.B.D 273 (18...more
Richie de Almeida
Highly readable, in spite of it being written by someone in the law profession! The selection of cases are diverse and interesting in their own right. With any luck, Allan Hutchison will share more law stories in the future.
Good book for a layman (like me). Covers several historically significant legal cases in a variety of jurisdictions and gives both legal and historical background detail. Entertaining.
It was alright. The cases were less interesting then I thought. I liked that it didn't focus only on American law though.
Yumna Hari
Concise, and with context a really good anecdotal introduction, to common law.
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