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The Penguin Dictionary of Law

Introduction to the Dictionary

This Dictionary has been written to provide a clear, but authoritative (within the constrains of the dictionary format) guide to the law: a social institution that most of us will come into contact with at some point in our lives.

The primary focus of this work is on English Law, or, more properly, the law of the legal system of England and Wales.

Abstract of The Penguin Dictionary of Law

“The Penguin Dictionary of Law”is a handy reference guide for lawyers, students and anyone interested in the workings of the legal system. It gives clear, jargon-free definitions of hundreds of key legal terms from abuse of process to youth court as well as providing biographical information on important legal thinkers, from John Locke and Thomas Hobbes to Max Weber and Ronald Dworkin. This book is ideal for anyone who would like to improve their understanding of the English legal system.

This book:

  • has more than 2,500 terms explained;
  • covers key concepts in English, European and International law;
  • has clear definitions of complex terms such as euthanasia, hearsay evidence and remoteness of damage;
  • includes references to key cases and legislation; and
  • provides website addresses of important public bodies and legal organizations


  • Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH): Law — Dictionaries
  • Series Name: Penguin reference library
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Place of Publication: London
  • ISBN: 9780141027272
  • Editor: Webb, Julian.
  • Date: 2009
  • Number of Pages: 547
  • Status: Peer Reviewed

Editor: Julian Webb

Julian S. Webb BA, LLM, LLD is Professor of Legal Education at the University of Warwick, and Director of the Higher Education Academy’s UK Centre for Legal Education. He has published over 40 journal articles and book chapters and is co-author/editor of five other books, including Holland and Webb’s Learning Legal Rules (6th ed., Oxford University Press, 2006). He is joint editor of the Routledge-Cavendish Law, Science and Society book series, and a founding editor of the journal Legal Ethics. Julian is course director of Warwick Law School’s LLM in Legal Education and for seven years taught courses on the theory and practice of dispute resolution on the Westminster LLM in Dispute Prevention and Resolution. He has also taught undergraduate courses on English and comparative legal systems, public law, legal ethics, legal skills, and philosophy of law.

Other Legal Dictionaries

  • Osborn’s concise law dictionary. Osborn, Percy George.
  • Butterworths business and law dictionary. The Honourable Justice Ipp, W.S. Weerasooria Weerasooria, W. S. (Wickrema S.)
  • The Australian legal dictionary. Stephen Marantelli, Celia Tikotin and Marantelli, S. E. (Stephen Edward)
  • Mozley & Whiteley’s law dictionary. Mozley, Herbert Newman.

See Also

  • Murdoch’s Dictionary of Irish Law
  • Mozley and Whiteley’s Law Dictionary
  • Osborn’s Concise Law Dictionary
  • Stimson’s Law dictionary
  • Black’s Law Dictionary
  • Historical Dictionary of International Tribunals
  • International Law: A Dictionary
  • Bouvier’s Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia, 1914
  • Dictionary of International and Comparative Law
  • Parry and Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law
  • Semantic Indexing and Law Dictionary
  • Law Dictionaries

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