The Making of Legal Authority: Non-legislative Codifications in Historical and Comparative…

Hardcover | May 15, 2010

byNils Jansen

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Accounts of the nature of legal authority typically focus on the authority of officially sanctioned rules issued by legally recognised bodies - legislatures, courts and regulators - that fit comfortably within traditional state-centred concepts of law. Such accounts neglect the more complexprocesses involved in acquiring legal authority.Throughout the history of modern legal systems texts have come to acquire authority for legal officials without being issued by a legislature or a court. From Justinian's Institutes and Blackstone's Commentaries to modern examples such as the American Law Institute's Restatements and the UNIDROITPrinciples of International Commercial Contracts academic codifications have come to be seen as legally authoritative, and their norms applied as such in courts and other contexts.How have such texts acquired legal authority? Does their authority undermine the orthodox accounts of the nature of legal systems? Drawing on examples from Roman law to the present day, this book offers the first comparative analysis of non-legislative codifications. It offers a provocativecontribution to the debates surrounding the harmonisation of European private law, and the growth of international law.

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Accounts of the nature of legal authority typically focus on the authority of officially sanctioned rules issued by legally recognised bodies - legislatures, courts and regulators - that fit comfortably within traditional state-centred concepts of law. Such accounts neglect the more complexprocesses involved in acquiring legal authori...

Professor Dr Nils Jansen currently serves of the Law Faculty at the University of Munster, Germany. He holds the Chair for Roman Law, Legal History, German and European Private Law, and is a Principal Investigator in the Cluster of Excellence Religion and Politics in the Cultures of Pre-Modernity and Modernity. He is the author of se...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pagesPublished:May 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199588767

ISBN - 13:9780199588763

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. Textual Authorities in Legal Discourse1. Historical Observations2. Non-Legislative Codifications in Modern LawPart II. Analysis3. Textual Authorities: a Classification4. The Making of Legal AuthorityConclusionAppendix