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The Nature of Customary Law: Legal, Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

Edited by: Amanda Perreau-Saussine, James Bernard Murphy

ISBN13: 9780521115568
Published: July 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £35.99
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Some legal rules are not laid down by a legislator but grow instead from informal social practices. In contract law, for example, the customs of merchants are used by courts to interpret the provisions of business contracts; in tort law, customs of best practice are used by courts to define professional responsibility. Nowhere are customary rules of law more prominent than in international law.

The customs defining the obligations of each State to other States and, to some extent, to its own citizens, are often treated as legally binding. However, unlike natural law and positive law, customary law has received very little scholarly analysis. To remedy this neglect, a distinguished group of philosophers, historians and lawyers has been assembled to assess the nature and significance of customary law. The book offers fresh new insights on this neglected and misunderstood form of law.

  • Offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the problems of customary law
  • Offers conceptual bases and a rich intellectual context for further philosophical work on the relationships between morality, custom and customary law
  • Bridges the increasingly irrelevant divide between civil law and common law traditions

introduction Amanda Perreau-Saussine and James B. Murphy
Part I. Custom and Reason [or Morality?]: Natural Law, Customary Law, And Ius Gentium:
1. Pitfalls in the interpretation of customary law Frederick Schauer
2. The moral role of conventions Ross Harrison
3. Habit and convention at the foundation of custom James B. Murphy
4. Custom, ordinance and natural right in Gratian's Decretum Jean Porter
5. Vitoria and Suarez on Ius Gentium, Natural Law, and Custom Brian Tierney
6. Custom and positivity: an examination of the philosophic ground of the Hegel-Savigny controversy Christoph Kletzer
Part II. Custom and Law: Custom, Common Law, and Customary International Law:
7. Custom in medieval law David Ibbetson
8. Siege warfare in the early modern age: a study on the customary laws of war Randall Lesaffer
9. The idea of common law as custom Alan Cromartie
10. Three ways of writing a treatise on public international law: textbooks and the nature of customary international law Amanda Perreau-Saussine
11. Custom, common law reasoning and the law of nations in the nineteenth century Michael Lobban
12. Custom in international law: a normative practice account Gerald J. Postema
13. Customary international law and the quest for global justice John Tasioulas.