Defending Why Law Matters: Responses to Commentaries

Alon Harel*

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WhyLawMatters examines various legal and political institutions and procedures and argues that the desirability of these institutions and procedures is not contingent and does not hinge (only) on the prospects that these institutions are conducive to the realization of valuable ends. Instead, various legal institutions and legal procedures that are often perceived as contingent means to facilitate the realization of valuable ends matter assuch.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)847-859
Number of pages13
JournalCriminal Law and Philosophy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2017

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  • Constitutional theory
  • Criminal law
  • Emergencies
  • Judicial review
  • Privatization
  • Public officials
  • Punishment


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