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History of English Common Law. “I think it an undeniable position, that a competent knowledge of the laws of that society in which we live, is the proper accomplishment of every gentleman and scholar; an highly useful, I had almost said essential, part of liberal and polite education .”

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“I think it an undeniable position, that a competent knowledge of the laws of that society in which we live, is the proper accomplishment of every gentleman and scholar; an highly useful, I had almost said essential, part of liberal and polite education.”

Sir William Blackstone:

Commentaries: On the Study of the Law 1758

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Aims
  • To have a basic understanding of the history of common law
  • To identify several key features of the English legal system
  • To recognise the way the course works, what is expected of you and how to be successful
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What is Law?

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“Law is order, and good law is good order.”

Aristotle in Politics

Aristotle

Greek critic, philosopher, physicist, & zoologist

(384 BC - 322 BC)

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What is a legal ‘system’?

Countries marked in red at those with a Common Law legal system

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English

Legal

System

MAP OF UNITED KINGDOM

England & Wales

four sources of english law
Four Sources of English Law

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Dominic Doyle

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English Law

UK Supreme

Court

UK Parliament

Acts of

Parliament

Statutes

Legislation

Common Law

Precedent

Case Law

european law
European Law

EUROPEAN UNION LAW

COUNCIL OF THE EU/PARLIAMENT

BRUSSELS

Since 1972

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Dominic Doyle

EUROPEAN CONVENTION

ON HUMAN RIGHTS

EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS STRASBOURG

Since 1998

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