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Institutions of Law: An Essay in Legal Theory

Neil MacCormick


This book offers an original account of the nature of law and legal systems in the contemporary world. It provides the definitive statement of Sir Neil MacCormick's well-known ‘institutional theory of law’, defining law as ‘institutional normative order’ and explaining each of these three terms in depth. It attempts to fulfill the need for a 21st century introduction to legal theory marking a fresh start such as was achieved in the last century by H. L. A. Hart's The Concept of Law. Institutions of Law is written with a view to elucidating law, legal concepts, and legal institutions in a manne ... More

Keywords: institutional theory of law, institutional normative order, legal theory, morality, sociology of law, system theory, analytical jurisprudence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780198267911
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil MacCormick, author
Leverhulme Personal Research Professor and Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations, The University of Edinburgh