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Interpretation, Jurisdiction, and the Authority of Law


Timothy A.O. Endicott


University of Oxford - Faculty of Law


Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 22/2007
APA Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 14-19, Spring 2007

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People can be autonomous, if they are subject to authority. In particular, they can be autonomous if they are subject to the authority of law. I defend the first claim through a study of Joseph Raz's compelling account of authority; I claim that his work leads to the conclusion that autonomous judgment is needed to determine the jurisdiction of an authority, and to interpret its directives. I defend the second claim by arguing (contrary to remarks by Raz) that law does not claim unlimited jurisdiction, and need not claim unlimited scope for its directives. But the requirements of the rule of law create a standing risk that the law will not adequately recognize the autonomy of its subjects, because of its artificial techniques for controlling its own jurisdiction and for controlling the scope of its own directives.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: authority, autonomy, interpretation, jurisdiction, Joseph Raz, analytical jurisprudence

JEL Classification: K30, K31

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Date posted: May 29, 2007 ; Last revised: July 20, 2008

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Endicott, Timothy A.O., Interpretation, Jurisdiction, and the Authority of Law. Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 22/2007; APA Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 14-19, Spring 2007 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=989551

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