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By David J. Bederman

ISBN-10: 0521721822

ISBN-13: 9780521721820

ISBN-10: 0521897041

ISBN-13: 9780521897044

A relevant puzzle in jurisprudence has been the function of customized in legislations. customized is just the practices and usages of distinct groups. yet are such customs legally binding? Can customized be legislation, even ahead of it truly is famous through authoritative laws or precedent? And, assuming that customized is a resource of legislations, what are its constituent parts? Is evidence of a constant and long-standing perform enough, or needs to there be an additional component - that the utilization is pursued out of a feeling of felony legal responsibility, or, at the least, that the customized is cheap and efficacious? And, such a lot tantalizing of all, is customized a resource of legislations that we should always embody in smooth, refined criminal platforms, or is the inspiration of legislation from less than outmoded, or perhaps harmful, at the present time? This quantity solutions those questions via a rigorous multidisciplinary, old, and comparative process, supplying a clean viewpoint on custom's enduring position in either family and foreign legislations.

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68 Or, put another way, this illustrates the tension in customary law between what is said and what is done in the enforcement of a social norm. But in other cases, Malinowski observed a high degree of compliance with custom among the Trobriands. In maintaining family order (which was the basis for all property law), they were especially uncompromising. In a matrilineal system of authority, this meant that a maternal uncle (not the father) is the head of a clan unit and a father must favor a nephew, not his own son.

105 Custom’s cultural paradox – as an elite or popular institution, as a token of nationalism or of group identity, and as reflecting positive commands or natural values – remains as much a conundrum today as throughout the past two millennia. 3 History The Common Law and Custom If custom was largely perceived as a cultural phenomenon for medieval Continental jurists, it took on a decidedly historical cast in England. This would have a profound effect on attitudes towards custom in the AngloAmerican common-law tradition, particularly with the normative hierarchy of custom in relation to other law sources, the requisite proofs of custom, and other restraints on evolving customary norms.

One of these was the idea that the judge-made common law was itself a customary regime. The other was the continuation of a more traditional notion of local or special systems of legal practices being recognized in derogation of the common law. These two strands of English legal thought were woven together in the writings of Coke, Selden, and Hale as part of the English constitutional struggles of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but were only finally fully synthesized and digested in William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765).

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