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The Law's Two Bodies: Some Evidential Problems in English Legal History

John Baker


This book aims to contribute to the understanding of the character of the common law tradition. The common law is almost universally regarded as a system of case-law, increasingly supplemented by legislation, but this is only partly true. There is an extensive body of lawyers' law, which has a real existence outside the formal sources, but is seldom acknowledged or discussed either by theorists or legal historians. This will still be so even when every judicial decision is electronically accessible. In the heyday of the inns of court, this second body of law was partly expressed in ‘common lea ... More

Keywords: English legal history, common law tradition, case-law, legislation, lawyers' law, legal historians, judicial decision, inns of court, common learning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199245185
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245185.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Baker, author
University of Cambridge