Legal English and the Common Law by Alison Riley with Legal Grammar Handbook by Patricia Sours is a new course book in Legal English specially written for Italian law students, jurists and lawyers, due for publication in September 2008 by Cedam, Padova.
The book also provides an introduction to the English legal system and examines the style of judicial reasoning typical of the common law judge, illustrating how principles develop case by case in common law legal systems.
The language of the law and aspects of the legal system are presented in clear English at intermediate level, with some sections devoted to more advanced readers. The volume is richly illustrated with original legal texts in the English language from national law, European Union law and international law, notably in the context of European Convention on Human Rights law. A series of Tasks with full keys and explanations of language and law provide opportunities for comprehension, discussion, training in legal skills and research, as well as terminology and vocabulary development.
The volume is partly bilingual and contains Reflection and Comparison sections by Italian jurists written in the Italian language, to stimulate reflection about comparative legal aspects and language.
Legal English and the Common Law by Alison Riley, with Legal Grammar Handbook by Patricia Sours, Cedam, Padova, 2008
Legal English and the Common Law by Alison Riley
Chapter One English in Legal Contexts
Chapter Two The Language of a Legal System
Chapter Three The European Dimension
Chapter Four The Language of Criminal Law
Chapter Five The Language of Civil Law
Chapter Six The Language of Contract
Legal Grammar Handbook by Patricia Sours
Chapter Seven Text Layout and Use of Formal Terminology
Chapter Eight Punctuation
Chapter Nine Basic Sentence Structure
Chapter Ten Verb Forms
Chapter Eleven Adverbial Clauses and Nominal Structures