‘Legal Theory Lexicon: Hohfeld’

“You need to know Hohfeld! Why? Because WN Hohfeld’s typology of rights from his book Fundamental Legal Conceptions is fundamental. And useful! Law students encounter the idea of right (moral or legal) early and often. But ‘rights talk’ is frequently ‘loose talk’. Hohfeld is famous for exposing the ambiguity in the concept of a right and resolving that ambiguity with a typology of rights that distinguishes between claims, liberties, authorities, and immunities. This post is a quick and dirty introduction to Hohfeld for law students (especially first year law students) with an interest in legal theory …” (more)

[Lawrence Solum, Legal Theory Blog, 3 October]

First posted 2021-10-04 15:00:36

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