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Law in Context : 4th Edition - Stephen Bottomley


Published: 8th March 2012
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Cover photograph: Ethos before LawCourtesy and Copyright of the Photographer: Werner PadarinSculpture of Ethos by Tom Bass This fourth edition of Law in Context not only updates the text by reference to the latest thinking and developments in the broad area of ‘law in context’, but also introduces readers to the wider social, political and regulatory contexts of law. Bottomley and Bronitt, as in previous editions, expose readers to the multitude of contexts (some explicit, others implicit) that affect how law is made, broken and enforced by the state or individual citizens. The fundamental ideals of law – such as the Rule of Law – rest on cherished liberal values, though the authors constantly encourage readers not to accept uncritically the rhetoric of law, but to test these assumptions through empirical eyes. This contextual and critical approach to law, laid out in Chapter 1 and 2, is further developed through specific studies of Gender and Race. Complementing these substantive critiques of law, later chapters examine some of the institutional limitation of law and justice through chapters on access to justice, the law-making process, and regulation. The final chapter, which serves as an epilogue, looks to the broader challenges for law in an age of globalisation through case studies on terrorism and global business regulation.


Well written for a textbook. Good size.


Used for introductory law subject.

Geelong Australia


Law in Context

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Reviews of previous editions:Law in Context is easy to read and represents a wonderful teaching tool for universities attempting to encourage more critical and socially aware law graduates. Apart from use by students, the book is a helpful first reference for anyone who has an interest in the philosophy and values that underpin the legal system in this society. - Law Institute Journal (Victoria), October 2005

Preface – The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG Law’s Philosophical Foundations Legal Formalism and Rule of Law Gender Race Access to Justice Litigation Lawyers Clients and Ethics The Politics of Law-Making Implementing Legal Rules Law in an Economic Context Law and Globalism Index

ISBN: 9781862878426
ISBN-10: 1862878420
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 8th March 2012
Publisher: Federation Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.0
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: Revised