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On law's promise: thinking about how we think about law's limits

Priaulx, Nicolette Michelle 2012. On law's promise: thinking about how we think about law's limits. Studies in Law, Politics & Society 57 , pp. 201-246. 10.1108/S1059-4337(2012)0000057009

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Abstract

If law's foundational promise lies in the belief that it promotes the social good, then we need to reassess the limits of that promise. Exploring the often problematic translation of legal goods into social ones, the central claim is that the legal discipline has been limited by a “legal imperative” that manifests itself in an excessive focus upon law as a social tool and attitude of complacency in the face of law's limits. Seeking to displace this approach, the author argues for an attitudinal shift that expresses honesty about limits, greater social inquisitiveness and care about law's promise.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1059-4337
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:21
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/20064

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