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Law: The Basics

1st Edition

By Gary Slapper, David Kelly


180 pages

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An engaging introduction to one of the most complex areas of modern life. The book introduces both the main components of the legal system - including judges, juries and law-makers - and key areas of law - contract, civil negligence, and criminal law - to provide the uninitiated with an ideal introduction to law. Key questions to be considered include:

  • How are laws made?
  • How do judges decide cases?
  • What is the exact role of the EU in the legal system?
  • What are your rights and duties under contract law?
  • What is a crime and what are criminal defences?

Throughout the book, a wide range of contemporary cases are examined to relate key legal concepts to familiar examples and real world situations.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations Preface 1. Types of Law 2. How Laws are Made 3. Making Sense of Legislation 4. How Judges Decide Cases 5. European Law 6. Human Rights 7. The Jury 8. Criminal Law 9. Contract Law. Glossary of Terms. Bibliography

About the Authors

Gary Slapper is Professor of Law, and Director of the Law School, at The Open University. He is a door tenant at 36 Bedford Row and a legal columnist for The Times. David Kelly was formerly Principal Lecturer in Law at the Staffordshire University Law School. They have written several books together including the Routledge textbooks The English Legal System, English Law, and Questions and Answers on the English Legal System.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General