Kelsen's Objectivity in International Law

108 American Journal of International Law 715 (2014)

Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 15-31

4 Pages Posted: 16 May 2015

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Papers related to this article can be found at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2606351; http://ssrn.com/abstract=2606362; http://ssrn.com/abstract=2606389

Kelsen asserts that morality, justice, fairness, and equity are not in the law but rather are commentaries upon the law. They belong not to law but to “religion or social metaphysics.” Law as pure science has neither room nor occasion for those subjectivities. The present essay finds this harsh objectivity useful in analyzing the behavioral patterns we call law.

Keywords: norms, cost effective, probability, autopoietic system, Pure Theory of Law

JEL Classification: K10, K19, K40, K49

Suggested Citation

D'Amato, Anthony, Kelsen's Objectivity in International Law (2014). 108 American Journal of International Law 715 (2014); Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 15-31. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2606348

Anthony D'Amato (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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