Pound's Sociological Jurisprudence: European Roots and American Applications

Le "moment 1900": Critique sociale et critique sociologique du droit en Europe et aux Etats-Unis (Editions Pantheon Assas (Paris 2015)

U of Texas Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 630

42 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2015 Last revised: 15 Feb 2016

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David M. Rabban

University of Texas School of Law

Date Written: November 9, 2015

Abstract

Roscoe Pound, widely viewed by his contemporaries and subsequent scholars as the most important American legal thinker during the first decades of the twentieth century, was by far the leading proponent of the “critique social et critique sociologique du droit aux Etats-Unis.” This article stresses the extent to which Pound relied on German and French legal scholars in developing what he called “sociological jurisprudence.” It then examines how Pound applied its central themes to propose legal reforms designed to address the social and economic problems of a society transformed by urbanization and corporate capitalism. It closes by examining Pound’s legacy.

Suggested Citation

Rabban, David M., Pound's Sociological Jurisprudence: European Roots and American Applications (November 9, 2015). Le "moment 1900": Critique sociale et critique sociologique du droit en Europe et aux Etats-Unis (Editions Pantheon Assas (Paris 2015) ; U of Texas Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 630. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2688094 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2688094

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