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The Spatio-temporal Validity of Norms: Territorial and Temporal Spheres of Validity

Hans Kelsen

in General Theory of Norms

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198252177
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681363 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198252177.003.0036
The Spatio-temporal Validity of Norms: Territorial and Temporal Spheres of Validity

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Since human behaviour, as well as its conditions and its effects, takes place in space and time, both the area and the time in which the states of affairs specified in the norm take place must be specified in the content of the norm. The validity of norms regulating human behaviour — and of legal norms in particular — is spatio-temporal validity, in so far as these norms have spatio-temporal events as their content. That a norm is valid always means that it is valid for some area and for some time, that is, that it is about events which have to occur somewhere and at some time. A norm's relation to space and time is the norm's territorial and temporal sphere of validity. It can be limited or unlimited. A norm can be valid for a certain area and a certain time, as specified by it or by some higher norm.

Keywords: norm validity; spatio-temporal validity; human behaviour; legal norm; sphere of validity; spatio-temporal events

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Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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