A Legal History for Australia by Sarah McKibbin, Libby Connors and Marcus Harmes brings together Australian history, British constitutional history and modern Australian law. It is an accessible guide for Australian law students.
The first part provides the social and political contexts for legal history in medieval and early modern England and America, explaining the English law which came to Australia in 1788. It covers topics such as the origins of the common law, growth of the legal profession, making of the Magna Carta, the impacts of the English Civil Wars and the American War of Independence, and the Bill of Rights.
The second part examines the development of the law in Australia to the present day. This includes an examination of the English criminal justice system and convict transportation, the role of the Privy Council in the 19th century, Indigenous Australia and colonisation, the federation movement, Constitutional independence, the 1967 referendum and the land rights movement.
The comprehensive coverage of several centuries is balanced by a dynamic writing style and tools to guide students through each chapter including learning outcomes, chapter outlines and discussion points.
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