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Law and Justice in the Courts of Classical Athens

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  • Date Published: November 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521733014

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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.

    • Draws on contemporary legal thinking to present a new model of the Athenian legal system
    • Compares Athenian judicial notions and practices with modern democratic ones
    • Accessible to readers unfamiliar with Athenian history
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    • Date Published: November 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521733014
    • length: 222 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Author

    Adriaan Lanni, Harvard Law School
    Adriaan Lanni is Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She has contributed to the Yale Law Journal, the Law and History Review, The Cambridge Companion to Greek Law, and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Legal History.

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