Joseph Raz

in The Concept of a Legal System

Second edition

Published in print July 1980 | ISBN: 9780198253631
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681417 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to introduce a general study of legal systems, i.e., the study of the systematic nature of law, and the examination of the presuppositions and implications underlying the fact that every law necessarily belongs to a legal system (the English, or German, or Roman, or Canon Law, or some other legal system). It then outlines the four problems that a complete theory of legal system must address. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: legal systems; nature of law; legal theory

Chapter.  1438 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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