Legal History Matters

From Magna Carta to the Clinton Impeachment

Amanda Whiting, Ann O'Connell
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Legal History Matters

Published

3 November 2020

ISBN

9780522877571

Weight

472g

Size

242mm x 161mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

Legal History Matters

From Magna Carta to the Clinton Impeachment

Amanda Whiting, Ann O'Connell
'A collection of essays that recognises the significance of legal history to our understanding of legal processes and institutions.'
As a field of study, legal history has an unsteady place in Australian law schools yet academic research and writing in the field of legal history and at the intersections of the disciplines of 'law' and 'history' is undergoing something of a renaissance, with rich and vibrant new works regularly appearing in specialist journals and scholarly monographs This collection seeks to reinvigorate the study of history within the law school curriculum, by showcasing what students of the law can achieve when, addressing topics from the use of Magna Carta as history and precedent in sixteenth-century England to the political manoeuvres behind the failed impeachment of President Bill Clinton in late twentieth-century America, they seek to understand legal processes and institutions historically. The volume comprises outstanding legal history papers authored by graduate (final year JD) students in the Melbourne Law School. This collection is dedicated to two women who championed the…
As a field of study, legal history has an unsteady place in Australian law schools yet academic research and writing in the field of legal history and at the intersections of the disciplines of 'law' and 'history' is undergoing something of a renaissance, with rich and vibrant new works regularly appearing in specialist journals and scholarly monographs. This collection seeks to reinvigorate the study of history within the law school curriculum, by showcasing what students of the law can achieve when, addressing topics from the use of Magna Carta as history and precedent in sixteenth-century England to the political manoeuvres behind the failed impeachment of President Bill Clinton in late twentieth-century America, they seek to understand legal processes and institutions historically. The volume comprises outstanding legal history papers authored by graduate (final year JD) students in the Melbourne Law School. This collection is dedicated to two women who championed the teaching of legal history at the Melbourne Law School in the 1960s-Dr Ruth Campbell and Mrs Betty Hayes.

Contents

Foreword
by The Hon. Julie Dodds-Streeton QC

Introduction
by Amanda Whiting and Ann O’Connell

Chapter 1: Meeting More’s Challenge: How the Magna Carta Helped Build a Robust Lex Anglicana - Matthew Psycharis

Chapter 2: Due Process or Judicial Murder?: Anne Boleyn’s Trial Placed in Context - Lisette Stevens

Chapter 3: A Nineteenth-Century View of the Magna Carta - Phoebe Williams

Chapter 4: Alger Hiss as Cipher: The Political and Historical Legacy of the Hiss Case - Samuel O’Connor

Chapter 5: Guilty of Sedition, but Innocent of Treason: The Aftermath of the Eureka Stockade - Xavier Nicolo

Chapter 6: A Symbol, a Safeguard, an Instrument: Reflections on the 1908 ‘Rush the Commons’ Trial and the Campaign for Women’s Suffrage in Early Twentieth-Century England - Alexandra Harrison-Ichlov

Chapter 7: The People of the State of New York v Isaac Harris and Max Blanck: Putting Capitalism on Trial - Jack Townsend

Chapter 8: A Voice in the Wilderness: Revisiting the Political Trial of Brian Cooper - Simon Pickering

Chapter 9: Campaigning for a Verdict: Politics, Partisanship and the President on Trial - Katharine Kilroy

Ann O'Connell

Ann O'Connell

Ann O'Connell is Professor at Melbourne Law School. Her scholarly research and teaching interests include taxation generally as well as taxation of not-for-profits; and not-for profits and the law.

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Amanda Whiting

Amanda Whiting

Amanda Whiting is an Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School. Her scholarly research and teaching traverses the disciplines of History and Law, with particular focus on early-modern English history, and the legal profession and law reform in post-colonial Malaysia.

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