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Jurist in Context: A Memoir

ISBN13: 9781108703673
Published: February 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £24.99

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This is the engaging and accessible intellectual memoir of a leading jurist. It tells the story of the development of his thoughts and writings over sixty years in the context of three continents and addresses the complexities of decolonisation, the troubles in Belfast, the contextual turn in legal studies, rethinking evidence and the implications of globalisation which have been central to his life and research. In propounding his original views as an enthusiastic self-styled 'legal nationalist', Twining maps his ideas of law as a unique discipline, which pervades all spheres of social and political life while combining theory and practice, concepts and values, facts and rules in uniquely fascinating ways. Addressed to academic lawyers generally and to other non-specialists, this story brings out the importance and fascinations of a discipline that has changed, expanded and diversified in the post-War years, with an eye to its future development and potential.

  • Provides a historical perspective and intimate account of the development of law as a discipline in common law countries over sixty years
  • Offers a distinctive view of jurisprudence that challenges some mainstream ideas and practices while providing an integrated approach to legal theorising
  • Explores fundamental ideas about rules, values, concepts, evidence, standpoints, problems, reasoning and social facts, as well as the implications of globalisation for law and jurisprudence

Jurisprudence, Biography
1. Jurisprudence: a personal view
2. Childhood and schooling (1934–52)
3. Oxford and after (1952–57)
4. University of Chicago I (1957–58)
5. Khartoum (1958–61)
6. Dar-es-Salaam (1961–65)
7. Llewellyn again: American interludes (Chicago 1963–64
Yale 1965
Philadelphia 1971)
8. The Queen's University Belfast (1966–72)
9. Normative jurisprudence
10. Standpoint, questioning, and 'thinking like a lawyer'
11. Social and legal rules
12. Warwick (1972–82)
13. Jurisprudence, law in context, realism, doctrine
14. Rethinking evidence
15. Bentham's College (1983–99)
16. Four contrasting relationships (Bentham, Dworkin, MacCormick, Anderson)
17. Legal education
18. Globalisation and law
19. General jurisprudence
20. Retirement
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