Fundamentals of American Law

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The American legal system is the most significant in the world today, yet until the publication of Fundamentals of American Law, there has been no book that provides both the basic rules and the theoretical understanding necessary to comprehend it. This book is not simply the work of a single author, but a collection of especially written essays, each by an expert in the field, all of whom are on the faculty of New York University School of Law, which is recognised as one of the elite law schools in America and which offers this book as an element of its unique Global Law School Program.

The book is written specifically for lawyers and law students all over the world who have a need to deal with American Law generally, but are not seeking to become specialists in any one area. For them, it is vital to understand the basic principles of a wide range of American legal fields so they can act as informed intermediaries between their public or private clients and their American counterparts. The book not only provides the reader with a solid foundation in American law, but will also serve as a basic reference book for the fundamentals, even as some of the details change over the years. It will also be an ideal course text for students of business, accountancy, political science, or public administration, where the enquiring student will constantly find intersections with the law.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198764045
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/10/1996
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 6.81 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Morrison has served as professor at both Harvard Law School and New York University Law School. He is currently a Senior Attorney for the Public Citizen Litigation Group in Washington, DC, which he co-founded with Ralph Nader.

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Contributors
Foreword
Table of Cases
Table of Legislation
Introduction 1
1 Common Law Systems 9
2 The Sources and Limits of Legal Authority 27
3 Courts 57
4 Litigation 61
5 An Overview of the Bill of Rights 83
6 Administrative Law 129
7 The American Legal Profession 151
8 Conflict of Laws 177
9 Contract Law 201
10 Torts 239
11 Property 263
12 Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Criminal Justice 293
13 Corporations and Other Business Organizations 331
14 Commercial Law 365
15 Family Law 397
16 Antitrust Law 427
17 Bankruptcy and Other Insolvency Remedies 459
18 Environmental Law 481
19 Intellectual Property Law 507
20 Labor and Employment Law 535
21 Regulation of Banks 563
22 Federal Regulation of Securities 583
23 Taxation 611
Index 647
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