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Vol 21 No 12 Dec 16/Jan 17

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The UK Supreme Court Yearbook Volume 7: 2016

Edited by: Daniel Clarry, Christopher Sargeant
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The Transatlantic Constitution: Colonial Legal Culture and the Empire

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ISBN13: 9780674027190
Published: March 2008
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Country of Publication: United States
Format: Softcover
Price: £20.95



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Departing from traditional approaches to colonial legal history, Mary Sarah Bilder argues that American law and legal culture developed within the framework of an evolving, unwritten transatlantic constitution that lawyers, legislators, and litigants on both sides of the Atlantic understood. The central tenet of this constitution - that colonial laws and customs could not be repugnant to the laws of England but could diverge for local circumstances - shaped the legal development of the colonial world.