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The Identity of Legal Systems

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198253631.003.0009
The Identity of Legal Systems

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Discussion of the structure of legal systems in the previous two chapters has assumed that the content of a given legal system is known, and the proper way to represent it as a system of interrelated laws has been explored. This chapter is concerned with the criterion for determining the content of legal systems, i.e., with the criterion of identity of legal systems. The key to the problem of structure is the criterion determining which of the complete descriptions of a legal system is its proper description. The problem of identity is the problem of finding a criterion determining whether a given set of normative statements is a complete description of a legal system.

Keywords: legal system; identity criterion; normative statements

Chapter.  6238 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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