Law as an Autonomous Discipline

Brian H. Bix

in The Oxford Handbook of Legal Studies

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780199248179
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:
Law as an Autonomous Discipline


This article considers claims about the ‘autonomy of law’. These are that that legal reasoning is different from other forms of reasoning; that legal decision-making is different from other forms of decision-making; that legal reasoning and decision-making are sufficient to themselves, that they neither need help from other approaches nor would they be significantly improved by such help; and that legal scholarship should be about distinctively legal topics (often referred to as ‘legal doctrine’) and is not or should not be about other topics.

Keywords: autonomy of law; legal profession; legal reasoning; decision-making; legal scholarship

Article.  5954 words. 

Subjects: Law ; Legal System and Practice

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