Law and justice in the courts of classical Athens

Adriaan Lanni

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.

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  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Athens and its legal system
  • 3. Relevance in the popular courts
  • 4. The homicide courts
  • 5. Legal insecurity in Athens
  • 6. Maritime cases
  • 7. Conclusions.

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書名 Law and justice in the courts of classical Athens
著作者等 Lanni, Adriaan
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2006
ページ数 x, 210 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521857597
NCID BA77578652
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス