Democracy and the Rule of Law in Classical Athens

Democracy and the Rule of Law in Classical Athens

Essays on Law, Society, and Politics

eBook - 2006
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In this 2006 book, Adriaan Lanni draws on contemporary legal thinking to present a model of the legal system of classical Athens. She analyses the Athenians' preference in most cases for ad hoc, discretionary decision-making, as opposed to what moderns would call the rule of law. Lanni argues that the Athenians consciously employed different approaches to legal decision-making in different types of courts. The varied approaches to legal process stems from a deep tension in Athenian practice and thinking, between the demand for flexibility of legal interpretation consistent with the exercise of democratic power by ordinary Athenian jurors; and the demand for consistency and predictability in legal interpretation expected by litigants and necessary to permit citizens to conform their conduct to the law. Lanni presents classical Athens as a case study of a successful legal system that, by modern standards, had an extraordinarily individualised and discretionary approach to justice.
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
ISBN: 9780521857598
052185279X
0511219210
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxxii, 486 p.)
Additional Contributors: ebrary, Inc
Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK

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