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Author Bederman, David J.

Title Custom as a source of law / David J. Bederman.

Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.

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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 266 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Anthropology : custom in preliterate societies -- Culture : the western legal tradition of positivism -- History : the common law and custom -- Economics, sociobiology, and psychology : the human impulse of custom -- Family law -- Property -- Contracts -- Torts -- Constitutional law -- Private international law : international commercial usage -- Public international law : custom among nations -- Conclusion : how and why custom endures.
Summary A central puzzle in jurisprudence has been the role of custom in law. Custom is simply the practices and usages of distinctive communities. But are such customs legally binding? Can custom be law, even before it is recognized by authoritative legislation or precedent? And, assuming that custom is a source of law, what are its constituent elements? Is proof of a consistent and long-standing practice sufficient, or must there be an extra ingredient - that the usage is pursued out of a sense of legal obligation, or, at least, that the custom is reasonable and efficacious? And, most tantalizing of all, is custom a source of law that we should embrace in modern, sophisticated legal systems, or is the notion of law from below outdated, or even dangerous, today? This volume answers these questions through a rigorous multidisciplinary, historical, and comparative approach, offering a fresh perspective on custom's enduring place in both domestic and international law.
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Subject Customary law.
Law -- Sources.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Bederman, David J. Custom as a source of law. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010 9780521897044 (DLC) 2010022750 (OCoLC)637038616
ISBN 9780511902437 (electronic bk.)
0511902433 (electronic bk.)
9780511781971 (electronic bk.)
0511781970 (electronic bk.)