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Published online: May 30, 2022

Legal Education and Legal Traditions: Selected Essays

Christina Jones-Pauly
Danish Institute of Human Rights for Danish-Myanmar Programme for Rule of Law and Human Rights
Talstsr. 42, 7270 Davos Platz Switzerland

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This edited volume of 127 pages on legal education and legal traditions is divided into eight essays. Legal education encompasses a myriad of topics spanning from economics to sexual behaviour and reflect various legal traditions, which are philosophical in nature. The traditions taken from the western European legal systems reach as far back to the Greeks highlighted in works by Aristotle and Socrates, followed by European medieval philosophers of various religious traditions, namely Thomas Aquinas (Roman Catholic), St. Augustine (Roman Cathlic) and Baruch Spinoza (Hebrew) as well as 17th-18th century’s European political philosophers such as Rousseau and Locke. These laws and traditions have been imported into Southeast Asian (SE) countries via the British colonialisation. These traditions do not consistently prevent the political and constitutional turmoil in some SE Asian countries under dictatorships that trample on rule of law and human rights. Morality plays a role in the law, yet it never stays the same through the ages; the law must deal with changing morality, such as attitudes towards slavery or homosexuality.

Keywords : Devlin, Hart, Histography, Toynbee, Homosexuality, Harriet Beecher, Socrates, Slavery

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