This subject provides a philosophical introduction to the nature of law and the legal system, including the relationship of law to justice and morality. It introduces students to significant philosophical theorists including Austin, Bentham, Dworkin, Grotius, Hart, Kant, Kelsen, Marx and Rawls. Students study legal reasoning, the relationship between morality and law, what gives rules authority, the role of the judge, and the social and economic nature of law. This subject also explores the nature of rights and their relationship to law, ethics and morality, together with the philosophical foundations guiding judicial decision-making and legal interpretivism.
Centre for Law and Justice
Bachelor of Laws students only.
All 100 and 200 level core subjects in the Bachelor of Laws.
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