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The Prophecies of What the Courts Will Do in Fact: The “Concept of Law” according to American legal realists such as Cohen, Llewellyn, Cook and Frank

The Centre for Constitutional Studies is delighted to present this online lecture by Luca Malagoli entitled: The Prophecies of What the Courts Will Do in Fact: The “Concept of Law” according to American legal realists such as Cohen, Llewellyn, Cook and Frank.

Although often portrayed as advocating philosophically naïve claims about the nature of law, prominent American legal realists such as F. S. Cohen, K. N. Llewellyn, W. W. Cook, and J. N. Frank seem to have adopted a more sophisticated philosophical strategy in formulating the “definitions of law” we find in their works. This common strategy is significantly influenced by the pragmatist tradition (especially James and Dewey) and, if properly understood, seems to resist the criticisms typically and repeatedly levelled at it in the philosophy of law.

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Luca Malagoli

Associate Professor
Luca Malagoli is currently a Researcher in Legal Philosophy at the Tarello Institute for Legal Philosophy, Department of Law, University of Genoa (Italy), where he obtained his PhD in Legal Philosophy in 2016. In 2021, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Legal Culture, University of Girona (Spain). In 2020, he obtained the Habilitation ASN as Associate Professor in Legal Philosophy. In 2019, he was a visiting professor in the PhD Program of Law (curriculum Constitutionalism and Law) at the Austral University in Valdivia (Chile). His main interests of research are: Theory of legal Interpretation and legal Argumentation, American legal Realism, legal Pragmatism .

Event Date(s):

November 29, 2023, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

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