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Law as Communication

By: Mark Van Hoecke
Media of Law as Communication
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Published: 23-10-2002
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 240
ISBN: 9781841133416
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: European Academy of Legal Theory Series
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About Law as Communication

Human interaction and communication are not only regulated by law,but such communication plays an increasing role in the making and legitimation of law, involving various kinds of participants in the communication process. The precise nature of these communications depends on the legal actors involved -- for instance legislators, judges, legal scholars, and the media -- and on the situations where they arise – for instance at the national and supra-national level and within or between State law and non-State law. The author argues that our conception of legal system, of democracy, of the legitimation of law and of the respective role of judges, legislators and legal scholars should be based on a pluralist and communicative approach, rather than on a monolithic and hierarchical one. This book analyses the main problems of jurisprudence from such a communicative perspective

Table Of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Defining “Law”
3 (Possible) Characteristics of Law
4 The Functions of the Law
5 The Concept of a Legal Norm
6 The Concept of a Legal System
7 Methodology of Law
8 Legitimation of Law
9 Conclusion


“In a very sophisticated manner Mark Van Hoecke tackles some thorny issues about law and legal institutions that have baffled the legal field for some time a valuable contribution to our understanding of the phenomena of law and legal discourse.” –  Yu Xingzhong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Law and Politics Book Review

“Mark van Hoecke attempts…to give a comphrensive account of the nature of law. It is a very ambitious goal - which largerly succeeds…” –  Carl Lebeck, ARSP, Band 92/3

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