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Common Law in the Age of Statutes - The Equity of the Statute


Bartlett, W, Common Law in the Age of Statutes - The Equity of the Statute, University of Tasmania Law Review, 34, (2) pp. 152-155. ISSN 0082-2108 (2015) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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David Wright's Common Law in the Age of Statutes: The Equity of the Statute cogently and convincingly argues that the Australian common law is developed by analogy to statute. Offering a principled analysis of contemporary Australian jurisprudence and legisprudence to support his position, Wright's argument is developed by the exploration of two key trends. The first is that traditional private law obligations at common law and in equity are increasingly being directly and indirectly affected by the ambit of statutory obligations. The second trend is that Australian law is in a state of unification, with the underlying drivers of such statutory, common law and equitable unification being purposive statutory interpretation and the curial revival of the doctrine of 'the equity of the statute' through analogical reasoning. This second issue is, as Wright notes, more 'contentious', but it provides the book's most substantial contribution to the literature and is developed throughout Part V. Wright's thesis therefore provides a unique layered insight into the functional interaction between common law and statute in Australian law.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:book review, Common Law in the Age of Statutes, David Wright, common law, contract, equity, unification, analogical reasoning
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Commercial law
Research Field:Commercial law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Legal processes
UTAS Author:Bartlett, W (Mr William Bartlett)
ID Code:121329
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2017-09-23
Last Modified:2017-09-25

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