Introduction to Law

  • Jaap Hage
  • Antonia Waltermann
  • Bram Akkermans

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Jaap Hage
    Pages 1-20
  3. Jaap Hage
    Pages 21-31
  4. Jaap Hage
    Pages 33-52
  5. Jan Smits
    Pages 53-77
  6. Bram Akkermans
    Pages 79-108
  7. Jaap Hage
    Pages 109-128
  8. Johannes Keiler, Michele Panzavolta, David Roef
    Pages 129-163
  9. Aalt Willem Heringa
    Pages 165-199
  10. Chris Backes, Mariolina Eliantonio
    Pages 201-227
  11. Jaap Hage
    Pages 229-249
  12. Marcel Schaper
    Pages 251-275
  13. Menno T. Kamminga
    Pages 277-301
  14. Gustavo Arosemena
    Pages 303-329
  15. Fokke Fernhout, Remco van Rhee
    Pages 331-358
  16. Jaap Hage
    Pages 359-382
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 383-397

About this book


This book is exceptional in the sense that it provides an introduction to law in general rather than the law of one specific jurisdiction, and it presents a unique way of looking at legal education. It is crucial for lawyers to be aware of the different ways in which societal problems can be solved and to be able to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different legal solutions. In this respect, being a lawyer involves being able to reason like a lawyer, even more than having detailed knowledge of particular sets of rules. Introduction to Law reflects this view by focusing on the functions of rules and on ways of arguing the relative qualities of alternative legal solutions. Where ‘positive’ law is discussed, the emphasis is on the legal questions that must be addressed by a field of law, and on the different solutions which have been adopted by, for instance, the common law and civil law tradition. The law of specific jurisdictions is discussed to illustrate possible answers to questions such as when the existence of a valid contract is assumed.


Basic Concepts Civil Law Common Law Comparative law Introduction to Law Sources of Law

Editors and affiliations

  • Jaap Hage
    • 1
  • Antonia Waltermann
    • 2
  • Bram Akkermans
    • 3
  1. 1.Foundations and Methods of LawMaastricht University Faculty of LawMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Private LawMaastricht University Faculty of LawMaastrichtThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-57251-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-57252-9
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