ABSTRACT

There is more to law than rules, robes and precedents. Rather, law is an integral part of social practices and policies, as diverse and complex as society itself.

Thinking About Law offers a comprehensive introduction to the ways in which law has been presented and represented. It explores historical, sociological, economic and philosophical perspectives on the major legal and political debates in Australia today.

The contributors examine the position of Aborigines in the Australian legal system and the impact of the Mabo case; divisions of power in Australian society and law; the question of objectivity in law; the relationship between legislation and social change; judicial decision-making and other issues.

Accessibly written, Thinking About Law is essential reading for students and anyone interested in understanding our legal system.

chapter

Introduction

ByRosemary Hunter, Richard Ingleby, Richard Johnstone

part |37 pages

Part one

chapter 1|35 pages

Law and history in black and white

ByPenelope Mathew, Rosemary Hunter, Hilary Charlesworth

part |94 pages

Part two

chapter 2|20 pages

Themes in liberal legal and constitutional theory

ByDavid Wood, Rosemary Hunter, Richard Ingleby

chapter 3|25 pages

Economic and sociological approaches to law

ByRichard Johnstone

chapter 4|47 pages

Objecting to objectivity: the radical challenge to legal liberalism

ByGerry J. Simpson, Hilary Charlesworth

part |56 pages

Part three

chapter 5|23 pages

Explaining law reform

ByRosemary Hunter, Richard Johnstone

chapter 6|17 pages

Invocation and enforcement of legal rules

ByRichard Ingleby, Richard Johnstone

chapter 7|15 pages

Judicial decision making

ByRichard Ingleby, Richard Johnstone