Legal Systems Very Different From Ours

Additional Readings (Preliminary list)

For each system, read one of the suggested readings and be willing to discuss it in class.

Imperial Chinese Law

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The Imperial Examination System is Alive and Well in Modern America
(Bryan Caplan blog post on higher education with lots of relevant links)

Cases From the Last Dynasty
Bodde, Derk and Morris, Clarence, Law in Imperial China, Harvard University Press 1967.
Read any ten cases from pages 214-289

Van Gulik, R.H., Crime and Punishment in Ancient China, 2nd edn 2007. Originally published as T’ANG-YIN-PI-SHIH, Parallel Cases from Under the Pear Tree”: A 13th Century Manual of Jurisprudence and Detection.
Read any ten cases

Bernhardt, Kathryn and Huang, Philip C.C., Civil Law in Qing and Republican China. Stanford University Press 1994. Chapter 2 or 4.

Johnson, Wallace, tr., The T'ang Code. pp. 55-71

Romani Law

Gypsy Law, Chapter 3

Gypsy Law
, Chapter 7

Sutherland 1975, pp. 292-304.

Sutherland 2017 pp. 86-94.

Marushiakova, Elena and Popov, Vesselin, “The Gypsy Court in Eastern Europe,” pp. 73-83

Leeson, Peter, “Gypsy Law,” Public Choice (2013) 155:273–292. Read at least part 3, An economic theory of Gypsy law.

Amish Law
Nolt, The Amish: A Concise Introduction, pp. 4-25 or 26-39 or 80-94

Kraybill, Johnson-Winer, and Nolt, The Amish, Chapter 19 or Chapter 22

Kraybill, The Riddle of Amish Culture, Chapter 4 or Chapter 11

Kraybill and Olshan, The Amish Struggle with Modernity, Chapter 3 or Chapter 4 or Chapter 12

Kraybill, ed., The Amish and the State, Chapter 4 or Chapter 5

Jewish Law

Blog post on the Furnace of Akhnai

Mishnah pp. 503-510 or 528-534  or 599-604

Maimonides, The Book of Torts, pp. 4-16 or pp. 160-176

Maimonides, The Book of Acquisitions  pp. 53-66 or pp. 208-215

Maimonides, The Book of Civil Laws, pp. 77-97 (lending) or pp. 189-203

Maimonides, The Book of Judges, pp. 137-150 or pp. 157-161.
(The disobedient son) or pp. 205-230 (kings and wars)

Islamic Law

al-Qayrawani, 'Abdullah ibn Abi Zayd, The Risala: A Treatise on Maliki Fiqh
Read one of chapters 25, 32, 37

Keller, Nuh Ha Mim tr., Reliance of the Traveller. B1.0-3.5 or H1.0-4.4 or M 1.0-2.9 (marriage)

Hallaq, Wael, Was the Gate of Ijtihad Closed?

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