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Edward Coke

Data di nascita: 1. Febbraio 1552
Data di morte: 3. Settembre 1634

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Sir Edward Coke è stato un politico e giurista inglese, tra i più celebri dell'Età elisabettiana. Autore di influenti opere di diritto anglosassone, i suoi scritti sono da più di trecento anni alla base del sistema giuridico inglese.

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Frasi Edward Coke

„The Common lawes of the Realme should by no means be delayed for the law is the surest sanctuary, that a man should take, and the strongest fortresse to protect the weakest of all, lex et tutissima cassis.“

—  Edward Coke
Institutes of the Laws of England, Second Part, vol. 1 (1642), Notes to Ch. XXIX of the Charter [Magna Carta], paragraph 1391 http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php&title=912&search=%22tutissima%22&chapter=61105&layout=html#a_1375898

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„Six hours in sleep, in law's grave study six,
Four spend in prayer, the rest on Nature fix.“

—  Edward Coke
Translation of lines quoted by Coke. Compare: "Seven hours to law, to soothing slumber seven; Ten to the world allot, and all to heaven" - Sir William Jones.

„Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason… The law, which is perfection of reason.“

—  Edward Coke
The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, or, A Commentary on Littleton (London, 1628, ed. F. Hargrave and C. Butler, 19th ed., London, 1832), Third Institute. Compare: "Let us consider the reason of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason", Sir John Powell, Coggs vs. Bernard, 2 Ld. Raym. Rep. p. 911.

„Only this incident inseparable every custom must have, viz., that it be consonant to reason; for how long soever it hath continued, if it be against reason, it is of no force in law.“

—  Edward Coke
The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, or, A Commentary on Littleton, part 62a (London, 1628, ed. F. Hargrave and C. Butler, 19th ed., London, 1832).

„The King himself should be under no man, but under God and the Law.“

—  Edward Coke
Prohibitions del Roy, 12 Co. Rep. 63, quoting Henry de Bracton's treatise on the laws and customs of England. http://www.uniset.ca/other/cs4/77ER1342.html

„He is not cheated who knows he is being cheated.“

—  Edward Coke
The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, or, A Commentary on Littleton, (London, 1628, ed. F. Hargrave and C. Butler, 19th ed., London, 1832), First Institute.

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„A witch is a person who hath conference with the Devil to consult with him or to do some act.“

—  Edward Coke
Reported in Margaret Alice Murray, The Witch-Cult in Western Europe: A Study in Anthropology (2007) p. 18.

„Law is the safest helmet.“

—  Edward Coke
Inscription in rings given by Coke to several of his friends on June 20, 1606, in anticipation of his judicial investiture; reported in Humphry William Woolrych, The Life of the Right Honourable Sir Edward Coke (1826) p. 75. Derived from a latin maxim, Lex est tutissima cassis; sub clypeo legis nemo decipitur: Law is the safest helmet; under the shield of the law no one is deceived.

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