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Law and Justice in the Courts of Classical Athens - Adriaan Lanni

Adriaan Lanni draws on contemporary legal thinking to present a new model of the legal system of classical Athens. She analyzes 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 individualized and discretionary approach to justice.

Author: Lanni, Adriaan
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Illustration: N
Language: ENG
Title: Law and Justice in the Courts of Classical Athens
Pages: 00224 (Encrypted PDF)
On Sale: 2006-02-27
SKU-13/ISBN: 9780521857598
Category: History : Ancient - General
Category: Law : Civil Procedure
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