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Understanding Law : An Introduction to Australia's Legal System  : 8th Edition - Richard Chisholm

Understanding Law

An Introduction to Australia's Legal System : 8th Edition

Paperback Published: 6th December 2011
ISBN: 9780409328448

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Designed as an accessible introduction to Australia's legal system, this popular book demystifies the law and shows its importance to our society.

Written by highly qualified authors, the direct, clear and often humorous style of the book will help readers understand how the law relates to real issues and controversies.

The institutions and sources of law in our legal system are clearly explained, including the roles of lawyers, the courts and the legislature. Illustrative examples and a discussion of actual cases enable students and other citizens to engage with topics such as historical basis of Australian law, Australian law and international law, human rights, procedural fairness and the notions of law and morality.

New stimulus questions and activities included in this 8th edition invite the reader to consider the interrelationship of law, tradition and social values.

Understanding Law is a perfect introduction to the law for students engaging with legal studies and for other academic disciplines at tertiary and senior secondary levels. It is an ideal starting point for any Australian interested in learning more about their legal system.


  • This text is written in accessible, plain English to enable non-lawyers to easily understand legal principles
  • Experienced and accomplished authors provide reliable and authoritative content.
  • Cartoons provide humour and promote the book as a reader friendly text.
About the Author

Richard Chisholm BA, LLB (Syd), BCL (Oxon) Richard graduated in Arts/Law at the University of Sydney, qualified as a solicitor, and then completed a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) degree at Oxford University. On his return, he accepted an academic position at the UNSW Law School, where he remained for 23 years. In 1993 he was appointed a judge of the Family Court of Australia.

1. The Legal System: First Glimpses
2. Legal Systems - Indigenous, English, Australian, International
3. Main Branches of Law
4. Where Law Comes From - Case Law
5. Where Law Comes From: Legislation
6. Limits on Legislative Power
7. Courts and the Interpretation of Legislation
8. Lawyers
9. Courts of Law
10. Due Process of Law
11. Legal Aid and Access to Justice
12. Individual Liberty and Public Power
13. Law and Morality

ISBN: 9780409328448
ISBN-10: 0409328448
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 6th December 2011
Publisher: Butterworths
Country of Publication: AU
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 8

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