‘Legal Theory Lexicon: The Law Is A Seamless Web’

“FW Maitland, the famous legal historian wrote, ‘Such is the unity of all history that any one who endeavors to tell a piece of it must feel that his first sentence tears a seamless web’ (A Prologue to a History of English Law, 14 Law Quarterly Review 13 (1898)). Maitland didn’t actually say that the ‘law is a seamless web’, but he is usually given credit for the idea that the law forms some kind of ‘organic unity’ or is characterized by pervasive, systematic, and strong interconnections …” (more)

[Lawrence Solum, Legal Theory Blog, 10 May]

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