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Autonomy in the Law

Sellers, Mortimer (Ed.)

2007, XI, 179 p.

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  • Compares European and American viewpoints on autonomy in the law as they are applied to families, capital punishment, and criminal trials
  • Discusses practical applications in litigation and legislation
  • Clarifies the concept of autonomy in the law
  • Sheds new light on the fundamental purpose of law

Autonomy in the Law considers one of the most important benefits of the rule of law. Juxtaposing European and American conceptions of autonomy in the law of families, capital punishment and, criminal trials reveals the common values that justify all legal systems. Law protects the autonomy of individuals and associations by defending the boundaries of their own self-rule. This book illuminates the fundamental purpose of law by examining how European and American lawyers, judges and citizens do and should apply legal autonomy to the practical circumstances of litigation, legislation and the law.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Autonomy - Comparative - Europe - Legitimacy - law

Related subjects » International, Foreign and Comparative Law - Law - Philosophy - Value Theory

Table of contents 

Preface. Notes on Contributors. An Introduction to the Value of Autonomy in Law: M.N.S. Sellers Autonomy to Choose What Constitutes Family: Oxymoron or Basic Right?: June Carbone Approaches to Autonomy in Capital Punishment and Assisted Suicide: Kandis Scott Courts in Search of Legitimacy: the Case of Wrongful Life: Marc A. Loth Autonomy of Defense and Defense Counsel: Philip Traest and Tessa Gombeer Checks and Balances in the Law of International Organizations: Jan Klabbers

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