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Margins of Authority: Precedence and Citation in Early Legal Treatises

Margins of Authority: Precedence and Citation in Early Legal Treatises
4 Devonshire Place, Upper Library Massey College
Time: Mar 7th, 4:15 pm End: Mar 7th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Medieval Studies (FAS), Law, Faculty of , History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Book History/Print Culture, 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950, 1800-1900, 1500-1800
Lecture by Simon Stern, Law, University of Toronto

The Toronto Centre for the Book is pleased to present:

Simon Stern, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Margins of Authority: Precedent and Citation in Early Legal Treatises

Precedential authority has an important place in doctrinal explication and analysis in English common law. Efforts to manage these precedents visually in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries display a variety of solutions to the question of where precedents belong and how to represent them.  I will look at a number of treatises and law reports to see what their visual management of textual authority tells us about the role of citations in mobilizing arguments and connecting legal concepts.

This event is presented in association with the Program in Book and Media Studies, St. Michael's College.

This event is free and open to the public.  For further information, please contact Gillian Northgrave at book.history@utoronto.ca


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