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28 nov. 2013

Univ. Paris-Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense, CTAD, sém. H. Dagan, à propos de "Reconstructing American Legal Realism & Rethinking Private Law Theory", Nanterre, 27 mars 2014

Université Paris-Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense
Centre de Théorie et Analyse du Droit

(Stewart and Judy Colton Chair in Legal Theory and Innovation
Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law)
Legal Realism and Private Law Theory

à propos de
Reconstructing American Legal Realism & Rethinking Private Law Theory
(Oxford UP)

27 mars 2014 (17h-19h)

  • Pierre Brunet, Univ. Paris Ouest, CTAD, IUF
  • Renaud Colson, Univ. Nantes
  • Jean-Louis Halpérin, ENS, CTAD, IUF
  • Eric Millard, Univ. Paris Ouest, CTAD
  • Rafael de Munagori, Univ. Nantes
L'UMR 7074 reçoit Hanoch Dagan (Stewart and Judy Colton Chair in Legal Theory and Innovation, Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law) qui viendra présenter son dernier livre Reconstructing American Legal Realism & Rethinking Private Law Theory (Oxford UP) dans lequel il propose une relecture novatrice de la démarche réaliste en théorie du droit et en souligne la pertinence pour le droit privé.

In the myriad choices of interpretation judges face when confronted with rules and cases, legal realists are concerned with how these doctrinal materials carry over into judicial outcomes. What can explain past judicial behavior and predict its future course? How can law constrain judgments made by unelected judges? How can the distinction between law and politics be maintained despite the collapse of law's autonomy in its positivist rendition? In Reconstructing American Legal Realism & Rethinking Private Law Theory, Hanoch Dagan provides an innovative and useful interpretation of legal realism. He revives the legal realists' rich account of law as a growing institution accommodating three sets of constitutive tensions-power and reason, science and craft, and tradition and progress-and demonstrates how the major claims attributed to legal realism fit into this conception of law. 

Dagan seeks to rein in realist descendants who have become fixated on one aspect of the big picture, and to dispel the misconceptions that those gone astray represent the tradition accurately or that realism is now merely a historical signpost. He draws upon the realist texts of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Karl Llewellyn, and others to explain how legal realism offers important and unique jurisprudential insights that are not just a part of legal history, but are also relevant and useful for a contemporary understanding of legal theory. 

Building on this realist conception of law and enriching its texture, Dagan addresses more particular jurisprudential questions. He shows that the realist achievement in capturing law's irreducible complexity is crucial to the reinvigoration of legal theory as a distinct scholarly subject matter, and is also inspiring for a host of other, more specific theoretical topics, such as the rule of law, the autonomy and taxonomy of private law, the relationships between rights and remedies, and the pluralism and perfectionism that typify private law.

Hanoch Dagan est aussi l'auteur de Property: Values and Institutions (Oxford UP, 2011).

La conférence et la discussion auront lieu en anglais

  • Université Paris-Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense, 200, avenue de la République, 92001 Nanterre cedex, Bâtiment F, salle des Actes F 142.
Transports : 
  • RER A (Marne la Vallée-Boissy Saint Léger/Saint Germain-en-Laye) : station Nanterre Université 
  • Transilien SNCF (Paris Saint Lazare/Nanterre Université - Maison Laffitte - Cergy) : station Nanterre Université 
  • Bus : Arrêt Nanterre-Université par les lignes 167, 304 et 367