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Legal Systems of the World: A Political, Social, and Cultural Encyclopedia

ISBN-13: 978-1576072318
ISBN-10: 1576072312
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From Library Journal

This impressive encyclopedia of international jurisprudence is truly global in scope and coverage. Kritzer (political science and law, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison) has assembled a notable team of scholars and experts from around the world who have contributed nearly 400 separate entries to the four-volume set. Every country on earth, every state in the United States, and every province in Canada is covered, as are legal principles and concepts that have historically been observed as common to all. International judicial bodies and political organizations that are quasilegal in nature also appear. Each country segment follows a specific pattern and is therefore useful for comparative study. Such a typical entry includes general information about the country, its history, and an explanation of its political structure, followed by a detailed anatomy of its judicial system and underlying legal concepts. How a country's courts are organized, how its judges are appointed and approved, and the manner in which the judicial system is divided and administered receive considerable attention from each contributor. Each country essay concludes with an analysis and evaluation by the contributor of the comparative status of the nature, level, and extent of the autonomy and legitimacy of judicial institutions within the respective nation. Each country profile is accompanied by helpful maps, charts, and a bibliography. Quasijudicial practices such as arbitration and supranational bodies such as the International Criminal Court in The Hague are thoroughly explicated, complete with an assessment of their impact as evolving and maturing legal institutions. This book is syntactically and stylistically appealing to a broad range of readers (it is even being touted on Wal-Mart's web site, at a ten percent discount, no less) and is recommended for public and academic libraries. Philip Y. Blue, New York State Supreme Court Criminal Branch Law Lib., New York
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


• 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

• 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"

"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."



"[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

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


American Reference Books Annual

"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

"[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

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