11 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2015
Date Written: December 2015
What is the relation between legal certainty and correctness? This question poses one of the perpetual problems of the theory and practice of law - and for this reason: The answer turns on the main question in legal philosophy, the question of the concept and the nature of law. Thus, in an initial step, I will briefly look at the concept and the nature of law. In a second step, I will attempt to explain what the concept and the nature of law, thus understood, imply for the relation between legal certainty and correctness. Here three issues will be considered: first, the Radbruch formula as an answer to the problem of extreme injustice; second, the special case thesis, which claims that legal argumentation is a special case of general practical argumentation; and, third, the problem of the judicial development of the law.
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Alexy, Robert, Legal Certainty and Correctness (December 2015). Ratio Juris, Vol. 28, Issue 4, pp. 441-451, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2691762 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/raju.12096
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