Legal Literature in Small Jurisdictions

A Report of a Conference held at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Downsview, Ontario, on 3–5 November 1978

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Ideological Functions of Legal Literature in East Africa

Marxists have traditionally preferred their law simple. Which is to say that they have tended to view law largely, and often solely, in terms of its coercive aspect. The Leninist perception of law as a straightforward instrument of oppression is certainly not incorrect, for no-one could deny that “the law has force at its back in every country however civilized”. But, put in its most basic terms, this theory does not go far enough.


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