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The Concept of a Legal System: An Introduction to the Theory of a Legal System

Joseph Raz


This book is an introduction to a general study of legal systems, that is, to 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). A comprehensive investigation may result in what could be called a theory of legal system. Such a theory is general in that it claims to be true of all legal systems. If it is successful it elucidates the concept of a legal system, and forms a part of general analytic ... More

Keywords: legal systems, nature of law, legal theory, jurisprudence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1980 Print ISBN-13: 9780198253631
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198253631.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Raz, author