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Learning Legal RulesA Students' Guide to Legal Method and Reasoning

Learning Legal Rules: A Students' Guide to Legal Method and Reasoning (10th edn)

James Holland and Julian Webb
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date: 23 September 2023

p. 11. Understanding the Lawlocked

p. 11. Understanding the Lawlocked

  • James HollandJames HollandProfessor Emeritus, Bristol Law School, University of the West of England
  •  and Julian WebbJulian WebbProfessor of Law, Melbourne Law School


This chapter introduces some fundamentals that will underpin the understanding of law and ‘legal method’. It explains those core principles and techniques that underpin the process of legal reasoning. Topics discussed include the concept of law; functions of law, and some of the major functions of law; and the concept of regulation, which extends our understanding of law to forms of delegated legislation and ‘soft’ law and case law as it is developed by the courts. The chapter also discusses Parliament and legislation; the structure and role of the courts; the importance of procedural law; English law and the European Convention on Human Rights; and English law and the European Union.

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