Is international law a legal system?
Some time in the future, when I weigh all the things Osgoode did to me, the Jurisprudence class I took last year will definitely add a ton to the good-things side of the scales. Taught by Leslie Green, a world’s major jurisprudence authority and simply a great prof, the course gave me much-needed peace.
See, I am one of those poor souls who desperately need a big picture when they take a task. Law schools, may I say, do not quite target people like that. Fortunately, you can take the optional Jurisprudence class if you are at Osgoode (mandatory in many civil law systems I hear).
Here is the paper I wrote for that class. It addresses a well-worn issue so it’s more of an exercise in logic than in ground-breaking research. But it was fun writing it after reading Hart’s The Concept of Law, Fuller’s The Morality of Law, Raz’s The Authority of Law, and finally, my favourite: Dworkin’s Law’s Empire, for Leslie Green’s class.
If someone goes so very far as to read the actual paper, I will be extremely grateful for any comments.
Is international law a legal system? [pdf, 144 kb]