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Law for Computer Scientists and Other Folk$

Mireille Hildebrandt

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198860877

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198860877.001.0001

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(p.15) Part I What Law Does

(p.15) Part I What Law Does

Law for Computer Scientists and Other Folk

Mireille Hildebrandt

Oxford University Press

This part introduces the conceptual structure of modern positive law, explaining the key concepts of law and the rule of law in terms of what law does. This highlights the performative nature of law as a dynamic architecture of legal norms that attribute legal effect whenever specified legal conditions apply. Besides presenting law and the rule of law as a unity of primary and secondary rules that imply a series of foundational legal principles, aiming for a set of antinomian goals, this part also differentiates the main legal domains (public, private, and criminal law) and the concept of jurisdiction as key to the distinction between national, international, and supranational law. In this way, Part I prepares the ground for a better understanding of the vocabulary and the grammar of law that underlies the legal domains that are discussed in Part II (privacy and data protection, cybercrime, copyright, and private law liability). (p.16)