May 9, 2011

Nordic Law and Social Justice

Pia Letto-Vanamo, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law, has published Law and (Social) Justice - Nordic Perspectives as Helsinki Legal Studies Research Paper No. 5. Here is the abstract.

In the following, questions related to the relationship between law and justice will be discussed. The starting point lies mainly in legal history, but also topics relevant for current legal argumentation will be handled. The focus will be on what we call Nordic Law. It will be argued that there is something we can call justice and that positive law can - or should - be measured by it. With a historical introduction and some examples taken from Nordic legal literature, the author suggests that there are different "techniques" for bringing idea(s) of justice within modern legal systems. These techniques are historically determined, and there are local variations even within the "Nordic legal family" in their use. And there are differences between legal orders based on their openness to corrections for justice. Thus, when the meaning and future possibilities of the social justice concept in various legal systems is compared, the "technical" dimension - that of functions and means of various legal actors, especially their role and style in legal argumentation - cannot be neglected. In the following, techniques of legal scholarship will be discussed in particular.
Download the paper from SSRN at the link.


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