Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Ideas and Institutions

  3. Case-Law and Precedent

  4. Statute Law and Statutory Interpretation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Ian McLeod
      Pages 230-249
    3. Ian McLeod
      Pages 250-266
    4. Ian McLeod
      Pages 267-276
    5. Ian McLeod
      Pages 277-325
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 339-357

About this book


The second edition of Ian McLeod's highly successful Legal Method has been fully revised and up-dated in respect of both English and Community sources of law, and continues to provide a lively introduction to the nature of law and legal reasoning. The book, which is both a self-contained study and an invaluable foundation for legal education, is divided into three parts: Ideas and Institutions, Case-Law and Precedent, and Statute Law and Statutory Interpretation. The constant theme is how uncertainties arise within the law and how the course resolves them. The text has been made accessible by lucid explanation rather than by dilution. The sources cited range from W.S. Gilbert and G.K. Chesterton to Alexander Pope and T.S. Eliot, in addition to a wealth of more conventional legal authorities. Reviewing the first edition, the Statute Law Review commented that the author has 'managed, unlike the authors of many contemporary students, to integrate the European Community legal dimension'.


education English Europe European Court of Justice human rights interpretation justice law legal method Protection of Human Rights reform sources of law

Authors and affiliations

  • Ian McLeod
    • 1
  1. 1.London Guildhall UniversityUK

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