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The Basic Norm: an unsolved murder mystery

Duxbury, Neil (2007) The Basic Norm: an unsolved murder mystery. LSE law, society and economy working papers (17-2007). Department of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Near the end of his life, Hans Kelsen did away with the conception of the Basic Norm which he had defended so vigorously throughout his career and formulated a new version which was less well suited to his objective of demonstrating that law is genuinely scientific. Why did he do this? This short essay suggests an answer: that his final version of the Basic Norm followed logically from his understanding of how legal norms connect with human volition.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2007 The Author
Divisions: Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2009 14:57
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 23:09

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