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Tracing an outline of legal complexity

Webb, Tom (2014) Tracing an outline of legal complexity. Ratio Juris, 27 (4). ISSN 1467-9337 (In Press)

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Abstract

Autopoiesis and systems theory are terms often treated as synonymous by lawyers. This sleight-of-phrase elides the space between autopoiesis and systems theory, removing its content. Within this eliminated space there exist numerous understandings of systems approaches in law; one such understanding is complexity theory. Complexity theory entails a very different systems view of law to that of autopoiesis. In this paper I explore the concepts of complexity and their relevance to law. In tracing an outline of complexity, a number of contradictions, paradoxes, and additional questions are exposed which require further detailed analysis in the future.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Ratio Juris
Uncontrolled Keywords: complexity theory ; Systems theory ; autopoiesis
Subjects: K Law
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Law School
ID Code: 58327
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 12 Sep 2012 10:27
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: In Press
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2014 11:25
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/58327

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