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Custom as a source of law

Author: David J Bederman
Publisher: Cambridge [U.K.] ; New York, N.Y. : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
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A central puzzle in jurisprudence has been the role of custom in law. Custom is simply the practices and usages of distinctive communities. But are such customs legally binding? Can custom be law, even before it is recognized by authoritative legislation or precedent? And, assuming that custom is a source of law, what are its constituent elements? Is proof of a consistent and long-standing practice sufficient, or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Sources
Customary law
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David J Bederman
ISBN: 9780521897044 0521897041 9780521721820 0521721822 9780511902437 0511902433
OCLC Number: 637038616
Description: [xv], 266 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Anthropology : custom in preliterate societies --
Culture : the western legal tradition of positivism --
History : the common law and custom --
Economics, sociobiology, and psychology : the human impulse of custom --
Family law --
Property --
Contracts --
Torts --
Constitutional law --
Private international law : international commercial usage --
Public international law : custom among nations --
Conclusion : how and why custom endures.
Responsibility: David J. Bederman.

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