Coercive Law

Oxford Journal of Legal Studies

24 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2021

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Thomas Adams

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Date Written: November 26, 2021


In this essay I consider Kenneth Einar Himma’s argument, made most forcefully and fully in Coercion and the Nature of Law (Oxford University Press, 2020), that law is necessarily coercive. While casting doubt on Himma’s framing of the issues as well as on his specific claims in support of that conclusion, I suggest some alternate avenues for arguing that law is a coercive institution.

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Adams, Thomas, Coercive Law (November 26, 2021). Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Available at SSRN: or

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