Brehon laws

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Related to Brehon law: Senchus Mor
the ancient Irish laws, - unwritten, like the common law of England. They were abolished by statute of Edward III.

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Davies too, in contrasting the strength of the English common law when compared with the Irish Brehon law whose systematic suppression he masterminded, argued that no kingdom in the world could claim law "so venerable for their antiquity" as were the British laws--not even "the law of the Romans, which are cried up beyond all others for their antiquity" (qtd.
38) The native Irish lords had continued to govern themselves according to Brehon law, to appoint their own magistrates, to pardon and punish wrong doers, and to make war and peace on each other "without any controlment.
Irish lawyers Pat Daly and Ronan Munro, Australian lawyer Shaun Kerrigan and lawyers from the Brehon Law Society in New York, Frank Durkan and Cody McCone will join them.
Seeds that are sown do mature, and so you find the flourishing bloom on the Irish at the end of this century,'' said Scanlon, a lawyer and publicity director for the Brehon Law Society, an organization for lawyers of Irish heritage.
He also has served as a member of the House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and is a past President of the Brehon Law Society.
In his political tract A View of the Present State of Ireland, Spenser argues that the Brehon law, the native customary law of Ireland, must be superseded by English jurisprudence for the benefit of the Irish: yet, Spenser realizes, this argument itself is untenable, as it suggests that native English legal forms are appropriate for universal application.
The "Black" O'Toole was probably a local chieftain, living at a time when Gaelic Ireland had her own native priests, the Druids, and their own laws, the Brehon law.
In this dialogue, Baker argues, Spenser's spokesman Irenius reveals the challenge that brehon law in Ireland represents not only to the administration of English common law but to the assumption that it is authorized immemorially by custom, without the intrusion of alien law.
Roman law, abstract and deductive, with what Leibnitz saw as a geometric perfection, should be leavened with indigenous Brehon law, inductive and arithmetic, and suitable to a society where social ties were personal rather than civil.
Knox's commentary on the impact of Brehon law tradition, the sept system and strong kinship ties in nurturing the political power and authority of women such as Agnes O'Neill, Finola O'Donnell as well as on the diplomatic work of Rosa O'Doherty in support of Irish rebels, helps to explain the calumnies and stereotypes of Irish women penned by various English colonial officials.
The practical value of the oak in Brehon Law is said to be "its acorns and its use for woodwork.
In effect, he creatively concocts ever shifting versions of "justice" by warping ancient patriarchal principles and precedents of Brehon Law through maneuvers that position himself as final authority or breitheamh.