03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR
Robinson Hall B360
Section Information for Fall 2019
What is law? This question is deceptively simple. We want to say that law is, well, law. It’s a system of rules that are binding on us as citizens of the state. What, though, gives the state the power to make laws and what gives them their binding force over us? Is the law whatever the sovereign decides or is there a higher moral law that limits what the sovereign can legislate? And what is the role of judges? Do they merely apply the law as it is legislated or is the role of adjudication more interpretative and harder to distinguish from legislation?
And what constraints do we citizens face? Do we have a standing duty to obey the law or are there some cases in which its bindingness is forfeited for one reason or another? Is disobedience sometimes justifiable? In this course, we will explore these and other questions about the nature of law and its application.
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