Legal Narratives: European Perspectives on U.S. Law in Cultural Context / Edition 1

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Over the past two decades the interdisciplinary research and teaching field "Law and the Humanities" has established itself, especially at American universities. It provides new approaches to legal systems from the perspective of various disciplines of the humanities and places relations and connections within a cultural context. Based on this interdisciplinary approach, this volume offers contributions to a whole variety of U.S. legal issues - from the birth of the Constitution to tort law and criminal justice. From their perspective of the Austrian legal system, legal scholars deal with various aspects of legal theory and practice while "Americanists" analyze characteristics of this legal system in their cultural context, drawing on historical documents as well as on literature and film. The book presents an exciting European perspective on this transatlantic legal complexity upon the background of its culture and history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783211928172
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/27/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 249
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Legal Narratives: Outside Perspectives on US-American Law in Cultural Context

Eds. Gudrun M. Grabher and Anna M. Gamper

Introduction (Gudrun M. Grabher)

On the Road to Constitutionalism: "Publius" and a Continental European Searchlight (Anna M. Gamper)

The US Declaration of Independence: Narrative Horizons of a Text in Con-Text (Gudrun M. Grabher)

Coping with Disaster: Redress for Damage Caused by Natural Catastrophes on Both Sides of the Atlantic (Bernhard A. Koch/Dagmar Hinghofer-Szalkay)

Hate Crime Legislation Versus the Legacy of Lynch Law in the US: The Struggle Against A Biased Popular Justice (Karin Walpurga Köll)

Law and (Dis)Order: The Janus-Faced Myth of the Lawman in U.S. History and Popular Culture (Andreas Leisner)

The US Supreme Court and International Law – A Liaison dangereuse? Reflections on Medellín v. Texas (Andreas Th. Müller)

The US-American Jury System - An Insight from a Civil Lawyer's Perspective (Verena Murschetz)

The Jury as a Means of Equity in John Grisham’s A Time to Kill (Philipp Prantl)

Increased Competences through Development of the Law: The European Court of Justice and the U.S. Supreme Court (Günter H. Roth/Simone Wasserer)

Sentenced to ‘Storification’: A Trial on Legal Narratives (Claudia Schwarz)

Conclusion (Anna M. Gamper)

List of Authors

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