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Legislation in Context: Essays in Legisprudence

1st Edition

Edited by Luc J. Wintgens


220 pages

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The essays in this volume set out to provide a rational framework for legislation. Whilst legislation and regulation is the result of a political process, this volume considers whether they can also be the object of theoretical study. It examines the problems that are common to most European legal systems by applying the tools of legal theory to legislative problems ('legisprudence'). While traditional legal theory deals predominantly with the question of the application of law by a judge, legisprudence enlarges the scope of study to include the creation of law by the legislator. The essays published in the volume develop a new range of insights into the relationship between legislative problems and legal theory in a way that will interest legal scholars throughout the world. Specifically the work will attract the attention of those involved with constitutional law, EU law, human rights law and legal theory.


'Legisprudence mainly focuses on pragmatic efforts aimed at improving the quality of legislation. The merit of this book is to highlight theoretical aspects and critical reflections. It furthers a deeper understanding of legislation and helps to develop legisprudence as a comprehensive approach to the legislative phenomenon.' Luzius Mader, Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, Switzerland. 'For too long now, the field of jurisprudence has focused almost exclusively on the judge, inadvertently creating the false impression that processes of interpretation are all that matter in the law. The authors of this volume show how rewarding it is to focus on legislation and on alternative forms of regulation to correct this imbalance; I have found many stimulating thoughts in its pages.' Willem J. Witteveen, Tilburg University

About the Editor

Luc J. Wintgens is Director of the Centre for Legislation, Regulation and Legisprudence, and Dean of the Law Faculty at Katholieke Universiteit Brussels, Belgium.

About the Series

Applied Legal Philosophy

Applied Legal Philosophy
The principal objective of this series is to encourage the publication of books which adopt a theoretical approach to the study of particular areas or aspects of law, or deal with general theories of law in a way which is directed at issues of practical, moral and political concern in specific legal contexts. The general approach is both analytical and critical and relates to the socio-political background of law reform issues. This series includes studies of all the main areas of law, presented in a manner which relates to the concerns of specialist legal academics and practitioners. Each book makes an original contribution to an area of legal study while being comprehensible to those engaged in a wide variety of disciplines. Their legal content is principally Anglo-American, but a wide-ranging comparative approach is encouraged and authors are drawn from a variety of jurisdictions.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Constitutional