Rhetoric and The Rule of Law

Author: Neil MacCormick
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191018783
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When cases come before courts can we predict the outcome? Is legal reasoning rationally persuasive, working within a formal structure and using recognisable forms of arguments to produce predictable results? Or is legal reasoning mere ŕhetoric ́in the pejorative sense, open to use, and abuse, to achieve whatever ends unscrupulous politicians, lawyers and judges desire? If the latter what becomes of the supposed security of living under the rule of law? This book tackles these questions by presenting a theory of legal reasoning, developing the author's classic account given in Legal Reasoning and Legal Theory (OUP, 1978). It explains the essential role syllogism plays in reasoning used to apply the law, and the elements needed in addition to deductive reasoning to give a full explanation of how law is applied and decisions justified through the use of precedent, analogy and principle. The book highlights that problems of interpretation, classification and relevance will always arise when applying general legal standards to individual cases. In justifying their conclusions about such problems, judges need to be faithful to categorical legal reasons and yet fully sensitive to the particulars of the cases before them. How can this be achieved, and how should we evaluate the possible approaches judges could take to solving these problems? By addressing these issues the book asks questions at the heart of understanding the nature of law and the moral complexity of the rule of law.

MacCormick s Scotland

Author: Neil Walker
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748649301
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A Gedenkschrift to one of Scotland's most prominent jurists and legal thinkers.

Law as Institutional Normative Order

Author: Maksymilian Del Mar
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317107713
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MacCormick's `Institutions of Law' is the culmination of a lifetime's work in legal theory by one of the world's most respected legal theorists. Featuring an impressive collection of contributions from well-known legal theorists from around the world, all of whom are familiar with MacCormick’s work, this collection provides a cutting edge account of the book’s significance.

Rules Norms and Decisions

Author: Friedrich V. Kratochwil
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521409711
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Classic thinkers in international law such as Grotius, Vattel, Pufendorf, Rousseau, Hume, and Habermas are interpreted in this assessment of the impact of norms on decision making.

Begriff und Geltung des Rechts

Author: Robert Alexy
Publisher: Verlag Herder GmbH
ISBN: 3495860797
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Im Zentrum dieses Buches steht das Verhältnis von Recht und Moral. Der Rechtspositivismus behauptet, daß beides zu trennen sei. Sowohl der Begriff des Rechts als auch der Begriff der Rechtsgeltung seien moralfrei zu definieren. Robert Alexy versucht zu zeigen, daß diese These falsch ist. Es gibt erstens begrifflich notwendige Zusammenhänge zwischen Recht und Moral, und zweitens sprechen normative Gründe dafür, die Begriffe des Rechts und der Rechtsgeltung so zu definieren, daß sie moralische Elemente einschließen. Deshalb muß der Rechtspositivismus als umfassende Theorie des Rechts scheitern. Die Begründung seiner These erfolgt in einem begrifflichen Rahmenwerk, das aus fünf Unterscheidungen besteht. Die Untersuchung schließt mit dem Vorschlag einer Definition des Begriffs des Rechts, die die Elemente der ordnungsgemäßen Gesetztheit, der sozialen Wirksamkeit und der inhaltlichen Richtigkeit systematisch verknüpft. Da der Begriff der inhaltlichen Richtigkeit moralische Kriterien einschließt, ist dieser Begriff des Rechts ein nicht-positivistischer Rechtsbegriff.