Sydney, 8 October 2010 – LexisNexis® Australia, a leading provider of content-enabled workflow solutions, today announced the publication of Cases That Changed Our Lives, an authoritative collection of essays that explores key cases – both Australian and international – that have changed or created the rules which govern our lives and have a key place in the development of common law.
With contributions from leading practitioners in their fields, including QCs and judges, Cases That Changes Our Lives gives an insight into the importance of case law and the impact it has on our society. The Hon Dr Kevin Lindgren QC reflects on two landmark Australian cases, the native title case of Mabo and Theophanous on the implied constitutional freedom of speech. The text sheds light on fundamental precedents, emphasising the human side to each case, and explores how they have shaped the laws and rules that have truly changed our lives.
Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Master of the Rolls, states in his Foreword: "This collection of chapters on cases that changed our lives provides a great insight into the common law. More importantly, the essays draw out the many different ways in which the common law shapes the world in which we live, and demonstrate its great strength, namely its ability to adapt to change and experience."
"In a world governed by laws, not men, an understanding of the common law and its legacy is of great importance, particularly in a legal system, such as ours, where it still holds sway. This collection of essays provides a truly informative and accessible contribution to that understanding and I commend it to you."
Ian McDougall, General Editor and Legal Director LexisNexis International, said: "All lawyers need to revisit the great cases of the past. After all, that is the basis upon which common law is founded. A retrospective look at the people and circumstances behind the results of these great cases gives tremendous insight and understanding, as well as revealing a human side to the events, which is not always apparent from the law reports."
The key areas of law covered by the book include: Public Law, Land Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law, The right to Life, The State and Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century and Family Law.
Cases That Changed Our Lives, ISBN 9781405755887, is now available at the LexisNexis Store for purchase at $21.65.
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