ABC-CLIO

Legal Systems of the World

A Political, Social, and Cultural Encyclopedia

by Herbert M. Kritzer, Editor

 

Is Common Law really all that common around the world? Is a defendant innocent until proven guilty in Romania? How does the court system of California stack up against the one in Cambodia? How does Marxist jurisprudence compare to feminist jurisprudence? And just what does a barrister do?

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June 2002

ABC-CLIO

Pages 1883
Volumes 4
Size 8 1/2x11
Topics Current Events and Issues/Law and Crime
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Legal Systems of the World is the only comprehensive reference work that covers the legal systems of every nation on earth, every state in the Union, and every province of Canada.

Legal Systems of the World: A Political, Social, and Cultural Encyclopedia is the only comprehensive reference work geared to the ordinary reader and legal scholar alike that answers these critical questions. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, this exhaustive four-volume set, with nearly 400 entries, explores the structure, operation, and history of legal and judicial systems in every country on earth, every state in the Union, and every province of Canada.

That alone would make it a must-have for every library. But there's more. The international team of legal scholars assembled by Editor Herbert M. Kritzer, professor of political science and law at the University of Wisconsin, also analyzes transnational judicial bodies such as the World Court and the European Court of Human Rights, examines alternative legal systems from Roman to Islamic law, and explains universal legal institutions and concepts, from law schools to constitutional review.

Features

  • 400 A–Z entries on places from Scotland to Suriname, concepts and terms like legal realism and retribution, and key documents such as the Writ of Certiorari
  • Entries by an international team of over 350 contributors
  • Highly readable maps of every country in the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe
  • Nearly 275 diagrams illustrating the legal structure of various states and countries
  • A glossary of hundreds of key terms like "adversarialism" and "sharia"

Highlights

  • Examines the increasing role of transnational judicial bodies such as the World Trade Organization as key players in the global community
  • Presents different models on which to draw for democratizing countries, including converging common and civil law systems and Islamic law
  • Chronicles the evolving role of courts and judicial processes in countries across the globe
  • Analyzes various philosophical approaches such as natural law and Marxist jurisprudence
Author Info

Herbert M. Kritzer is professor of political science and law at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI.

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

"This hefty set contains a wealth of information about legal concepts, procedures, and developments throughout the world . . . is a valuable compilation of information on a subject that affects us all. Recommended for legal, academic, and large public libraries."Booklist

"[This] impressive encyclopedia of international jurisprudence is truly global in scope and coverage . . . This book is syntactically and stylistically appealing to a broad range of readers . . . recommended for public and academic libraries."Library Journal

"Suitable for university, legal, and larger public libraries, Legal Systems of the World is a four-volume, basic encyclopedia that offers an up-to-date snapshot of the world's legal systems . . . presents an affordable, more readable hybrid for the general researcher."Reference & User Services Quarterly

"The scope of this work is very broad . . . no other encyclopedia covers legal systems for the globe."American Reference Books Annual

"[A]n up-to-date snapshot of the world's legal systems . . . The result is an impressive reference work that supplies concise information on national, subnational, general, and alternative legal systems operating today. Legal Systems presents an affordable, more readable hybrid for the general researcher. "Reference & User Services Quarterly

Awards

Outstanding Reference Source 2003 — RUSA/ALA

Editors' Choice 2002 Reference Source — Booklist

Best Book 2002 — Society of School Librarians International

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