Interesting.  According to an article by Beresford (1957), common informers who made money from reporting misdeeds of fellow citizens to the legal system accounted for a substantial proportion of cases in economic law in the 16th and 17th Century England.  Bacon (1939) writes that this was also the case in the early American legal system.

Cited in Black (1973), The Mobilization of Law, Journal of Legal Studies, 130.



December 26, 2009

Since arriving in Oxford, on September 29th, I’ve totally forgotten about this blog I optimistically established over the summer holidays.  So, my new year resolution is to write one post a week.  I’ve a few posts I drafted last summer that I’ll try to fix up first and then hopefully I’ll find my blog rhythm!

Hello world!

September 2, 2009

This is my first blog.   I’m not a strong writer, but I hope that it’ll help me to improve my writing skills by forcing me to write regularly.  It’s other main purpose is to help me remember.