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Ross and Olivecrona on Rights

Brian Bix

University of Minnesota Law School

December 26, 2007

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-14
Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 2009

Scandinavian legal realism was a movement of the early and middle decades of the 20th century, which paralleled the American legal realist movement, while presenting a more skeptical challenge to legal reasoning and discourse. The present paper was written for a forthcoming Oxford University Press collection on the Scandinavian realists. The approach to jurisprudence of Scandinavian realists Alf Ross and Karl Olivecrona was simultaneously simple and radical: they wanted to rid our thinking about law of all the mystifying references to abstract concepts and metaphysical entities. This paper offers a critical overview of Ross's and Olivecrona's views on legal rights, while also summarizing the critiques of those views (e.g., by H.L.A. Hart and Joseph Raz).

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Keywords: legal rights, Scandinavian legal realism, Alf Ross, Karl Olivecrona

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Date posted: March 23, 2006 ; Last revised: February 18, 2009

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Bix, Brian, Ross and Olivecrona on Rights (December 26, 2007). Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-14; Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=892788 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.892788

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