Law

Constitutionalism, common law, and the philosophical principles of law in a free society are just a few of the themes explored in our law titles. The collection is a rich and varied resource for the scholar, legal historian, and anyone interested in the origin and nature of the often-elusive idea of liberty.

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    The “Higher Law” Background of American Constitutional Law

    by Edward S. Corwin

    Having written extensively on various aspects of the American constitutional order, Edward S. Corwin is considered a leading constitutional scholar of the twentieth century. Alpheus Mason described Corwin’s writings as “sources of learning and understanding—hallmarks to emulate and revere.” The “Higher Law” Background of American Constitutional Law is of unique value in connecting the Western European experience—from the classical world,…

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  • The Collected Works of Henry G. Manne

    by Henry G. Manne

    As the founder of the Center for Law and Economics at George Mason University and dean emeritus of the George Mason School of Law, Henry G. Manne is one of the founding scholars of law and economics as a discipline. This three-volume collection includes articles, reviews, and books from more than four decades, featuring Wall Street in Transition, which redefined…

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  • A Concise History of the Common Law

    by Theodore F. T. Plucknett

    As always during its long history, English common law, upon which American law is based, has had to defend itself against the challenge of civil law’s clarity and traditions. That challenge to our common-law heritage remains today. To that end, Liberty Fund now makes available a clear and candid discussion of common law. A Concise History of the Common Law

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  • Constitutionalism and the Separation of Powers

    by M. J. C. Vile

    In Constitutionalism and the Separation of Powers, M. J. C. Vile traces the history of the doctrine from its rise during the English Civil War, through its development in the eighteenth century—through subsequent political thought and constitution-making in Britain, France, and the United States. M. J. C. Vile is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Kent at…

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    Constitutionalism: Ancient and Modern

    by Charles Howard McIlwain

    Constitutionalism: Ancient and Modern explores the very roots of liberty by examining the development of modern constitutionalism from its ancient and medieval origins. Derived from a series of lectures delivered by Charles Howard McIlwain at Cornell University in the 1938–39 academic year, these lectures provide a useful introduction to the development of modern constitutional forms. Charles Howard McIlwain won the…

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    Freedom and the Law

    by Bruno Leon

    According to Bruno Leoni, the greatest obstacle to rule of law in our time is the problem of overlegislation. In modern democratic societies, legislative bodies increasingly usurp functions that were, and should be, exercised by individuals or groups rather than government. Bruno Leoni (1913–1967) was an attorney and Professor of Legal Theory and the Theory of the State at the…

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    Government by Judiciary

    by Raoul Berger

    It is Berger’s theory that the United States Supreme Court has embarked on “a continuing revision of the Constitution, under the guise of interpretation,” thereby subverting America’s democratic institutions and wreaking havoc upon Americans’ social and political lives. Raoul Berger (1901–2000) was Charles Warren Senior Fellow in American Legal History, Harvard University.

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  • A Historical Sketch of Liberty and Equality

    by Frederic William Maitland

    A Historical Sketch of Liberty and Equality is a window to one of the most important historians of all time. This exclusive Liberty Fund edition of F. W. Maitland’s classic includes a note on Maitland by Charles Haskins, and a general account of Maitland’s life and work, “The Historical Spirit Incarnate: Frederic William Maitland,” by Robert Schuyler. A historian’s historian,…

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  • The History of English Law before the Time of Edward I

    by Sir Frederick Pollock and Frederic William Maitland

    First published in 1895, Sir Frederick Pollock and Frederic William Maitland’s legal classic The History of English Law before the Time of Edward I expanded the work of Sir Edward Coke and William Blackstone by exploring the origins of key aspects of English common law and society and with them the development of individual rights as these were gradually carved…

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    The Ideal Element in Law

    by Roscoe Pound

    Roscoe Pound, former dean of Harvard Law School, delivered a series of lectures at the University of Calcutta in 1948. In these lectures, he criticized virtually every modern mode of interpreting the law because he believed the administration of justice had lost its grounding and recourse to enduring ideals. Now published in the U.S. for the first time, Pound’s lectures…

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    Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution

    by A. V. Dicey

    The Law of the Constitution elucidates the guiding principles of the modern constitution of England: the legislative sovereignty of Parliament, the rule of law, and the binding force of unwritten conventions. A. V. Dicey (1835–1922) was an English jurist, Vinerian Professor of English Law at Oxford University, and author of, among other works, The Law of the Constitution.

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    Law, Liberty, and Parliament

    by Allen D. Boyer

    Sir Edward Coke remains one of the most important figures in the history of the common law. The essays collected in this volume provide a broad context for understanding and appreciating the scope of Coke’s achievement: his theory of law, his work as a lawyer and a judge, his role in pioneering judicial review, his leadership of the Commons, and…

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