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    DescriptionAny effort to understand how law works has to take seriously its main players - judges. Like any performance, judging should be evaluated by reference to those who are its best exponents. Not surprisingly, the debate about what makes a 'great judge' is as heated and inconclusive as the debate about the purpose and nature of law itself. History shows that those who are candidates for a judicial hall of fame are game changers who oblige us to rethink what it is to be a good judge. So the best of judges must tread a thin line between modesty and hubris; they must be neither mere umpires nor demigods. The eight judges showcased in this book demonstrate that, if the test of good judging is not about getting it right, but doing it well, then the measure of great judging is about setting new standards for what counts as judging well.


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    Title
    Laughing at the Gods
    Subtitle
    Great Judges and How They Made the Common Law
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Allan C. Hutchinson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 328
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 481 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781107662766
    ISBN 10: 1107662761
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAW
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S5.0
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    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: JPHC
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01, 04
    BISAC V2.8: BIO020000
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    BISAC V2.8: LAW052000
    B&T General Subject: 490
    BIC subject category V2: LAS
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    BISAC V2.8: LAW103000
    DC22: 347/.0140922
    LC classification: K170 .H88 2012
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    DC23: 340.57
    Thema V1.0: LAFC
    Illustrations note
    24 b/w illus.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    29 February 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Allan C. Hutchinson is a Distinguished Research Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, Toronto, and a widely recognized leading law scholar. He is presently Associate Vice-President and Dean of Graduate Studies at York. In 2004, he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada. Hutchinson has authored or edited sixteen books, including Is Eating People Wrong?: Great Legal Cases and How They Shaped the World (2010), The Province of Jurisprudence Democratized (2008) and Evolution and the Common Law (2005).
    Review quote
    'A fascinating book, as much about the nature of greatness as about what makes for a great judge. Maverick and stubborn, greatness seems to lie also in the ability to make the innovative and previously unforeseen solutions seem absolute common sense. A persuasive account of eight great judges, providing food for thought about their legacies.' Rebecca Huxley-Binns, The Times Higher Education Supplement
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction; 2. Lord Mansfield; 3. John Marshall; 4. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr; 5. James Atkin; 6. Tom Denning; 7. Thurgood Marshall; 8. Bertha Wilson; 9. Albie Sachs; 10. Conclusion.