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The Moral Limits of Law: Obedience, Respect, and Legitimacy

Ruth C. A. Higgins


This book analyses the related debates concerning the moral obligation to obey the law, conscientious citizenship, and state legitimacy. Modern societies are drawn in a tension between the centripetal pull of the local and the centrifugal stress of the global. Boundaries that once appeared permanent are now permeable: transnational legal, economic, and trade institutions increasingly erode the autonomy of states. Nonetheless transnational principles are still typically effected through state law. For law's subjects, this tension brings into focus the interaction of legal and moral obligations ... More

Keywords: moral obligation, law, conscientious citizenship, state legitimacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199265671
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265671.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth C. A. Higgins, author
Competition & Regulation department of Sydney law firm, Gilbert and Tobin