Why do some rules have the status of law while others do not? Is law simply a matter of rules anyway? What is justice? This updated new edition of Legal Theory asks questions such as these, discusses topical issues such as animal rights, and explains some of the answers which legal theorists have given from Ancient Greece to the present day.
Why do some rules have the status of law while others do not? Is law simply a matter of rules anyway? What is justice? Is there a duty to obey a law even if it is unjust? Should the law concern itself with the activities of consenting adults in private? This fully-updated new edition of "Legal Theory" asks questions such as these, discusses topical issues such as animal rights, and explains some of the answers which legal theorists have given from Ancient Greece to the present day.
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IAN MCLEOD, formerly Head of Law at London Metropolitan University, UK, is a Visiting Fellow in Law at the University of Teesside. Following professional experience as a local government lawyer and a prosecuting solicitor, he has specialized in teaching Legal Theory, Legal Method and Public Law. He is also the author of Legal Method in the Palgrave Macmillan Law Masters series, Key Concepts in Law and co-author of Studying Law, all from Palgrave Macmillan.
Table of Contents
Preface The Nature of Legal Theory: From Laws to Law An Overview of the Relationship between Law and Morality The Natural Law Tradition English Analytical Positivism Kelsen's Hierarchy of Norms The Revival of Natural Law: Fuller and Finnis Policies, Principles, Rights and Interpretation: Dworkin's Theory of Adjudication American Realism Critical Perspectives on Law Theories of Justice Law and Morality
Legal Theory by Ian McLeod
Palgrave Macmillan Law Masters
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