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The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History

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2009
Subject:
Law, History
Length:
5,155 words

[This entry contains two subentries, on the doctrine of precedent in English common law and on stare decisis in medieval

Precedent

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Thomas G. Walker

The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Law
Length:
256 words

Courts following Anglo‐American legal traditions generally adhere to the principle of stare decisis (“let the decision stand”). This doctrine holds

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Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Law, International Law
Length:
192 words

While art. 38(1)(d) of the I.C.J. Statute provides that judicial decisions are ‘subsidiary means for the determination of rules of

Precedent

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The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia

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Current Version:
2007
Subject:
Law
Length:
3,326 words

is the mechanism through which judges in common law countries such as Australia exercise their law-making role. It is

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The New Oxford Companion to Law

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Law
Length:
514 words

Precedent is a method of making decisions in individual cases in the light of legal principle exemplified in previous judicial

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