Law, Language and Custom. (Legge, Linguaggio e Costume.)

Posted: 1 Jan 2014

See all articles by P. G. Monateri

P. G. Monateri

SciencesPo, Ecole de Droit; University of Turin - Faculty of Law

Date Written: December 30, 2013

Abstract

English Abstract: The Author investigates the ambiguities of the term Law and Custom, to deepen the relationship they maintain with the language devoted to their presentification. Law always supersede the words that try to capture its meaning, and the opposition between Law and Custom is never the same in Legal History. Peculiarly today old theories are employed to establish a new concept of soft law as a powerful tool of global governance, but they rest on quicksands. These theories point at a 'suspension of disbelief' grounded more on aesthetic metaphors than on scientific premises.

Italian Abstract: L'autore investiga le ambiguità dei termini Legge e Costume, per approfondire la relazione che mantengono con il linguaggio incaricato di presentificarli. La Legge oltrepassa sempre le parole che cercano di catturarne il significato, e l'opposizione tra Legge e Costume non è mai costante nella storia del diritto. In particolare oggi le vecchie teorie sono impiegate per stabilire nuovi concetti come soft law in grado di fungere da potenti strumenti di governo del globale, ma le loro fondamenta giacciono sulle sabbie mobili. Queste teorie puntano invero ad una 'sospensione dell'incredulità' fondata pià su metafore estetiche che su premesse scientifiche.

Keywords: Hayek, Savigny, Legal History, Comparative Law, Common Law, Civil Law, Globalisation, Globalization, Legal Theory, Language, performative, uses, spontaneous order, complex phenomena

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K40

Suggested Citation

Monateri, Pier Giuseppe, Law, Language and Custom. (Legge, Linguaggio e Costume.) (December 30, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2373083

Pier Giuseppe Monateri (Contact Author)

SciencesPo, Ecole de Droit ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://master.sciences-po.fr/droit/en

University of Turin - Faculty of Law ( email )

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