18th century English jurist, author of Commentaries on the Laws of England

Reference

William Blackstone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Sir William Blackstone, (July 10, 1723 - February 14, 1780) was an English jurist and professor who produced the historical treatise on the common law called Commentaries on the Laws of England, first published in four volumes over 1765-1769. It had an extraordinary success, said to have brought the author £14,000, and still remains the best general history of the subject. ..."

Born

10 Jul 1723, in Cheapside, London

Died

14 Feb 1780, in Wallinford, Berkshire, England

Articles

The Courts and the New Deal, Part 1, by William L. Anderson, Future of Freedom, Jun 2005
"While we like to think of U.S. law originating with the Constitution, the real 'author' of the original legal system was William Blackstone, the great British jurist who wrote Commentaries on the Laws of England in the mid 1700s. Historian Daniel Boorstin wrote that this book was influential not only in England, but also in the American colonies ..."
Related Topic: Jeremy Bentham

Writings

On the Origin and Character of Rights, The Freeman, Mar 1981
Selection extracted from Commentaries on the Laws of England, Vol. I
"By the absolute rights of individuals we mean those which are so in their primary and strictest sense; such as would belong to their persons merely in a state of nature, and which every man is entitled to enjoy, whether out of society or in it ... For the principal aim of society is to protect in the enjoyment of those absolute rights ..."
Related Topic: Rights

Books Authored

Commentaries on the Laws of England: A Facsimile of the First Edition of 1765-1769, Vol. 1, 1769
"Of the Rights of Persons". Electronic text, in original spelling, available at the Avalon Project, Yale Law School
Related Topic: Law
Commentaries on the Laws of England: A Facsimile of the First Edition of 1765-1769, Vol. 2, 1769
"Of the Rights of Things". Electronic text, in original spelling, available at the Avalon Project, Yale Law School
Related Topic: Law
Commentaries on the Laws of England: A Facsimile of the First Edition of 1765-1769, Vol. 3, 1769
"Of Private Wrongs". Electronic text, in original spelling, available at the Avalon Project, Yale Law School
Related Topic: Law
Commentaries on the Laws of England: A Facsimile of the First Edition of 1765-1769, Vol. 4, 1769
"Of Public Wrongs". Electronic text, in original spelling, available at the Avalon Project, Yale Law School
Related Topic: Law