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Vagueness and Power-Delegation in Law: A Reply to Sorensen

Asgeirsson, H (2013) Vagueness and Power-Delegation in Law: A Reply to Sorensen In: Law and Language. Current Legal Issues, 15 (20). Oxford University Press, pp. 344-355. ISBN 9780199673667

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Roy Sorensen has argued that vagueness in the law cannot be justified by appeal to the value of power-delegation, and thereby threatens to take away one of the main reasons for thinking that vagueness can be valuable to law. Delegation of power to officials is justified, he thinks, only if these officials are in a better position to discover whether a particular x is F, a condition not satisfied in cases of vagueness. I argue that Sorensen’s argument is unsound: delegation of power can be valuable even if the delegates are not in a better position to answer that question.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects : Law
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law
Authors :
Asgeirsson, H
Editors :
Freeman, M
Smith, F
Date : 21 February 2013
Copyright Disclaimer : © Oxford University Press 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords : Philosophy, Law, Language, Vagueness, Legislation
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Date Deposited : 06 Oct 2016 09:15
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:45

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