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This book is now Out of Print.
A new edition has been published, the details can be seen here:
The Legal History of Wales 2nd ed isbn 9780708325179

The Legal History of Wales

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ISBN13: 9780708320648
New Edition ISBN: 9780708325179
Published: February 2007
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print
Hardback edition out of print, ISBN13 9780708318355



This book traces the various strands of Wales’s legal history from its beginnings to the present day, identifying and assessing the importance of the native Welsh, Roman and English influences to Wales’s legal social identity.

Wales has been served by a variety of legal systems and laws over the last two millennia. These include the civil law of Rome, which was to be the basis of the laws of much of modern Europe, and the English common law, which was to govern much of the English-speaking world.

Alongside these influences, the customs of the native Welsh people maintained an important role not only until Wales was united legally with England in the sixteenth century but through to the nineteenth-century abolition of Wales’s own law courts, the Great Sessions.

Since then, the separate legal identity of Wales as witnessed by its legal history has played a significant part in the rise of national consciousness and the emergence of new, distinctly Welsh, legal institutions such as the National Assembly at the end of the twentieth century.

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Subjects:
Legal History