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AuthorRuiter, Dick W. P. author
TitleInstitutional Legal Facts [electronic resource] : Legal Powers and their Effects / by Dick W. P. Ruiter
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1993
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Descript XII, 240 p. online resource


Law is traditionally conceived as consisting of norms of conduct and power-conferring norms. This conception, however, is unable to account for a variety of elements of modern legal systems that differ significantly from the classical notions. This book concerns the problem of which results of human activity can obtain legal validity. The author makes use of recent findings in speech act theory, especially John R. Searle and Daniel Vanderveken's illocutionary logic. He sets out a theory of legal norms conceived as institutional legal facts resulting from performances of speech acts specified in power-conferring norms. The theory provides a classification of acts-in-the-law and of legal norms resulting from performances of these. Finally, the transition is made from institutional legal facts to legal institutions. The book is a contribution to the institutional theory of law as developed by N. MacCormick and O. Weinberger


1. The Concept of Legal Systems -- 2. Speech Acts -- 3. Acts-in-the-Law -- 4. Negative Acts-in-the-Law -- 5. Logical Relations Between Legal Norms -- 6. General Norms and Rules -- 7. Legal Institutions -- Appendix A -- Apppendix B -- Index of Names -- Index of Subjects

Philosophy Logic Language and languages -- Philosophy Political science Law -- Philosophy Law Administrative law Philosophy Logic Philosophy of Language Philosophy of Law Administrative Law Theories of Law Philosophy of Law Legal History


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