La tenacité du réalisme juridique américain (The Persistence of American Legal Realism)

Les Méthodes Juridiques: Legal Methods (Proceedings of the XIVth Congress of the International Academy of Legal Methodology) (eds. Mathieu Devinat & Jean-Yves Chérot) University of Sherbrooke Press 2020.

19 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2020

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Stephen Utz

University of Connecticut School of Law

Date Written: March 5, 2019

Abstract

French Abstract: Dans cet article, j’essaierai d’identifier certaines lacunes du réalisme juridique américain (RJA) qui l’empêchent de fonctionner comme une théorie générale du droit et qui induisent ses adeptes en erreur au sujet de la nature du droit. Les principals prémisses du RJA sont que le droit ne suppose pas l’analyse conceptuelle des normes légales et que le contenu du droit n’est pas subordonné à des principes hiérarchiquement supérieurs. Plus précisément, les adhérents au RJA renient la méthodologie du droit. Leur idée est pragmatique, c’est-à-dire, pour eux, seul le sens pratique suffit et prévaut.

English Abstract: Despite several waves of disillusionment with American legal realism, the US legal community still clings to many radical views that were central to this movement. One reason for the longevity of these views is the common law’s exaggerated sense of the extent to which novel legal precedent represents change in the affected legal rules. This in turn is a consequence of the survival of legal realism’s extreme view that legal rules are only a superficial phenomenon. In my presentation, I will trace this extremism through the years following legal realism’s apparent demise and offer a more reasonable, and less chauvinistic, view of what the rules of the common law share with those of civil law jurisdictions.

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Keywords: American Legal Realism, legal positivism, the nature of legal rules

Suggested Citation

Utz, Stephen G., La tenacité du réalisme juridique américain (The Persistence of American Legal Realism) (March 5, 2019). Les Méthodes Juridiques: Legal Methods (Proceedings of the XIVth Congress of the International Academy of Legal Methodology) (eds. Mathieu Devinat & Jean-Yves Chérot) University of Sherbrooke Press 2020. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3659557 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3659557

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