Law: A Very Short Introduction
Law underlies our society -it protects our rights, imposes duties on each of us, and establishes a framework for the conduct of almost every social, political, and economic activity. The punishment of crime, compensation of the injured, and the enforcement of contracts are merely some of the tasks of a modern legal system. It also strives to ensure justice, promote freedom...more
What is law, and what it is achieving, systems of law in different countries, origins of law in differe ...more
Although it is a bit America centric it takes India and other European countries into account as well. ...more
It should also be mentioned that Wacks constantly repeats ...more
Written in an understandable lexicon which makes it accessible to someone like me who wishes to study law yet has no prior knowledge of key terms.
Overall a very good introduction for a potential law student such as myself.
The book starts with the Code of Hammurabi in 1706 BC (which, incidently, centered mostly on laws concerned with price fixing and other government interferences w ...more
What am I to make of this passage?
"A fourth generalization is that while the common law proceeds from the premise 'where there is a remedy, there is a right', the civil law tradition generally adopts the opposite position: 'where there is a right, there is a remedy'. If the common law is essentially remedial, rather than rights-based, in its outlook, t ...more
Thus, I have graded it solely on the quality of the writing and the information that is provided to me. I picked this book up because law has always been a subject that has intrigued me, and a part of me will always contemp ...more
The focus is on the Western legal tradition, but Raymond Wacks al ...more
I have the feeling the author was rushed to submit a manuscript that he was not happy with. It just feels like reading a well developed draft, not a finished book.
Nevertheless, the book is very rewarding, but not without stru ...more