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The Not-So-Exotic Law of Dian Cécht

McLeod, N. (2000) The Not-So-Exotic Law of Dian Cécht. In: Evans, Geraint, Martin, Bernard and Wooding, Jonathan, (eds.) Origins and Revivals: Proceedings of the First Australian Conference of Celtic Studies. Centre for Celtic Studies, Universlty of Sydney 2000, pp. 381-399.


The purpose of this paper is to throw some light upon the manner in which Brehon law (I.e. native Irish law) calculated compensation payments for personal injury. The subject is too vast to be dealt with III full here (even had I sufficient grasp of all its details to do so) But I hope to Illustrate the principal mechanisms involved by focusing on some apparent anomalies in one of the central texts on this topic. That text is Bretha Déin Chécht (hereafter BDC), 'The Judgements of Dian Cécht.'

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Law
Publisher: Centre for Celtic Studies
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