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Why Law Matters

Alon Harel


It is fashionable among legal theorists to maintain that what makes a legal or a political institution valuable is its ability to decide correctly or justly and what makes a procedure valuable is its propensity to generate just decisions. This book sides with those who believe that sometimes legal institutions and legal procedures matter as such and not merely as contingent means to realize valuable ends. To do so, the book examines several legal institutions. Chapter 2 examines the value of rights. Traditionally it is believed that rights are valuable because they promote the realization of v ... More

Keywords: legal theory, rights, judicial review, privatization, constitutional law, criminal law, punishment, dignity, republican freedom, just war theory

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199643271
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199643271.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alon Harel, author
Mizock Professor of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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