Australian Law in Context: Social, Political and Global Perspectives

A critical examination of Australian law in operation

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ISBN/ISSN: 9780409350449
Release Date: May 07, 2020
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AUD$ 106.00
ISBN/ISSN: 9780409350456
Release Date: May 07, 2020
AUD$ 106.00

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Law is a human activity. This engaging book examines the contexts underpinning Australian law and goes beyond its language and institutions to enquire into how legal norms operate in practice. It aims to demystify the law, whilst critically analysing its value and creatively exploring how it might be reformed to serve justice more fully in a complex world.

The authors address four major themes: the liberal foundations of Australian law, the hurdles generally encountered by law in its endeavour to lead to positive social change, the impact of social divisions such as class, gender or race on the application of the law, including its resulting failures for the marginalised, and the influences of globalisation on the shape and operation of Australian law.

The critical approach of the authors presents theories of law from different viewpoints, inviting readers to determine their own responses to its operation across a range of issues. The accessible, coherent and structured analysis makes the book an ideal introduction to the socio-legal foundations and operation of Australian law for students, lawyers and non-legal audiences.

Book Review - Law Institute Journal | November 2020


• Accessible
• Logically structured
• Plentiful examples to support discussion

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Table of contents


Part I: The Philosophy of the Rule of Law

1. Liberalism as the Philosophical Foundation of Australian Law

2. The Rule of Law, Formalism and Legal Reasoning

Part II: Limits to the Law’s Efficacy as a Social Change Agent

3. Law and Power

4. Law and Morality

Part III: Law, (In)Equality and Social Change

5. Law and Class

6. Law and Gender

7. Law and Race

8. Law and the First Australians

Part IV: Australian Law in a Globalised World

9. Law and Human Rights

10. Law and Counterterrorism

11. Law and Transnational Corporations

12. Law and Artificial Intelligence