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Law Book : From Hammurabi to the International Criminal Court, 250 Milestones in the History of Law

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  • Which was the last country to abolish slavery?
  • Which is the only amendment to the U.S. Constitution ever to be repealed?
  • How did King Henry II of England provide a procedural blueprint for criminal law?
 These are just a few of the thought-provoking questions addressed in this beautifully illustrated book. Join author Michael H. Roffer as he explores 250 of the most fundamental, far-reaching, and often-controversial cases, laws, and trials that have profoundly changed our world—for good or bad. Offering authoritative context to ancient documents as well as today’s hot-button issues,The Law Book presents a comprehensive look at the rules by which we live our lives. It covers such diverse topics as the Code of Hammurabi, the Ten Commandments, the Trial of Socrates, the Bill of Rights, women’s suffrage, the insanity defense, and more. Roffer takes us around the globe to ancient Rome and medieval England before transporting us forward to contemporary accounts that tackle everything from civil rights, surrogacy, and assisted suicide to the 2000 U.S. presidential election, Google Books, and the fight for marriage equality. Organized chronologically, the entries each consist of a short essay and a stunning full-color image, while the “Notes and Further Reading” section provides resources for more in-depth study. Justice may be blind, but this collection brings the rich history of the law to light.
From major events in history to today?s hot-button issues, The Law Book offers a comprehensive look at the rules by which we live our lives. New York Law School professor and librarian Michael Roffer presents 250 of the most fundamental, far-reaching, and often controversial cases, laws, and trials that have changed the world?for good or bad.
Beginning with the formal compilation of laws by Babylonian king Hammurabi, circa 1700 BCE, and the Ten Commandments of the Hebrew Bible, the essays cover an incredible breadth and depth of knowledge. The topics range from Draco?the first lawgiver of Athens, who prescribed death for even the smallest offenses and gave us the word ?draconian??and theCorpus Juris Civilis of Emperor Justinian, who assembled and reformed the laws of the Roman Empire, to the Napoleonic Code and Charles Guiteau, the assassin who shot President Garfield in 1881 and whose trial formally introduced the insanity defense to America. Other entries take us around the globe to ancient China and medieval England, while more contemporary accounts tackle everything from civil rights, surrogacy, and assisted suicide to the 2000 U.S. presidential election, Google Books, and the fight for marriage equality.

Justice may be blind, but this collection brings the rich history of the law to light.
Number of Pages: 528
Genre: Political Science
Sub-Genre: Law
Series Title: Sterling Milestones
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Sterling Pub Co Inc
Author: Michael H. Roffer
Language: English
Street Date: November 3, 2015
TCIN: 21404350
UPC: 9781454901686
Item Number (DPCI): 247-48-4806
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