Concepts of Law: Comparative, Jurisprudential, and Social Science Perspectives (Juris Diversitas)

Concepts of Law: Comparative, Jurisprudential, and Social Science Perspectives (Juris Diversitas)

By: Dr. Lukas Heckendorn Urscheler (author), Dr. Sean Patrick Donlan (editor), Julian Sidoli del Ceno (series_editor), Dr. Sean Patrick Donlan (series_editor)Hardback

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Debates surrounding the concept of law are not new. For a wide variety of reasons and in a wide variety of ways, the meaning of 'law' has long been an important part of Western thought, both within legal scholarship and beyond. The contributors to Concepts of Law are international experts from the fields of comparative law, legal philosophy, and the social sciences. Combining theoretical analyses with case studies, they explore various legal concepts and contexts from diverse national and disciplinary perspectives. Legal and normative pluralism is a theme throughout. Some chapters discuss the development of state law and legal systems. Others wrestle with law's rhetoric and the potential utility of alternative vocabularies, e.g., 'governance' and 'governmentality'. Others reveal the rich polyjurality of the present, from the local to the global. The result is a rich picture of both present scholarship on laws and norms and the state of contemporary legal complexity, each crossing traditional boundaries.

About Author

SeA!n Patrick Donlan lectures at the University of Limerick (Ireland). He is President of Juris Diversitas, the Editor of Comparative Legal History, and Secretary General of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists. His research focuses on comparative law, legal history, legal philosophy, and the social sciences. Dr Lukas Heckendorn Urscheler is Vice-Director at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (Lausanne). He is also on the Executive Committee of Juris Diversitas and of the Swiss Society of International Law (Societe Suisse de Droit International). His research focuses on comparative law, Asian law, and the law of torts.


Contents: Preface; Concepts of law: an introduction, SeA!n Patrick Donlan and Lukas Heckendorn Urscheler; Beyond the state in and of legal theory, Maksymilian Del Mar; Do 'legal systems' exist? The concept of law and comparative law, Mark Van Hoecke; The concept of law: a Wittgensteinian approach with some ethnomethodological specificiations, Baudouin Dupret; The truth is out there? Legal pluralism and the language-game, Jaakko Husa; Remembering and applying legal pluralism: law as kite flying, Werner Menski; A sense of law: on shared normative experiences, Emmanuel Melissaris; Three perils of legal pluralism, Catherine Valcke; Legal sociology and the sociology of norms, David Nelken; Is law a special domain? On the boundary between the legal and the social, Mariano Croce; The creation and use of concepts of law when confronting legal and normative plurality, Andrew Halpin; A concept of law for global legal pluralism? Roger Cotterrell; The concept of law in postnational perspective, Alessio Lo Giudice; What is the context in 'law in context'?, Julia Eckert; Short notes on the legal pluralism(s) in Somaliland, Salvatore Mancuso; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9781409455264
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 270
  • ID: 9781409455264
  • weight: 624
  • ISBN10: 1409455262

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