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Ingvill Helland and Sören Koch, eds., Nordic and Germanic Legal Methods, 461 pp. (Mohr-Siebeck, 2014)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.
2016 (English)In: Nordicum-Mediterraneum, ISSN 1670-6242, E-ISSN 1670-6242, Vol. 11, no 1Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This book on Nordic and Germanic legal methods includes contributions from a number of German, Swiss, and Nordic legal scholars and is a welcome contribution both to the national and the international debate on legal reasoning. Clearly, we have reason to compare not only solutions to substantive legal problems, as comparative legal scholars usually do, but also the methods for the interpretation and application of the law used in different legal orders. Reading through these essays, then, the reader is likely to acquire some interesting information about the similarities and differences between the so-called legal methods used in the relevant legal orders and about the reasons why there are certain similarities and differences between those methods. What the reader will not get, however, is (i) a systematic discussion of whether there is anything specific enough to deserve the name of ‘legal method’ and, if so, what, exactly, this might be, or (ii) any general conclusions about the similarities and differences between the legal methods used in the various legal orders or about the reasons for the relevant similarities and differences. Moreover, the reader will not get (iii) a systematic discussion of the relation between the two aims of the collection, that is, (a) to describe and compare the legal methods in the different legal orders and (b) to explain any similarities and differences regarding the methods that may turn up in the comparison. For these reasons, although I do welcome the book, I am not entirely satisfied with it.

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2016. Vol. 11, no 1
Keywords [en]
Legal method, interpretation, sources of law
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Law (excluding Law and Society)
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Jurisprudence
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-160413OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-160413DiVA, id: diva2:1250309
Available from: 2018-09-23 Created: 2018-09-23 Last updated: 2018-10-01Bibliographically approved

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