Complexity Theory & Law: Mapping an Emergent Jurisprudence

Murray, Jamie and Webb, Tom and Wheatley, Steven, eds. (2018) Complexity Theory & Law: Mapping an Emergent Jurisprudence. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9780415786096 (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

This collection of essays explores the different ways the insights from complexity theory can be applied to law. Complexity theory – a variant of systems theory – views law as an emergent, complex, self-organising system composed of an interactive network of actors and systems that operate with no overall guiding hand, giving rise to complex, collective behaviour in law communications and actions. Addressing such issues as the unpredictability of legal systems, the ability of legal systems to adapt to changes in society, the importance of context and the nature of law, the essays look to the implications of a complexity theory analysis for the study of public policy and administrative law, international law and human rights, regulatory practices in business and finance and the practice of law and legal ethics. These are areas where law, which craves certainty, unending, irresolvable complexity. This collection shows the many ways complexity theory thinking can reshape and clarify our understanding of the various problems relating to the theory and practice of law. Jamie Murray is Senior Lecturer in Law at Liverpool Hope University. Tom Webb is Lecturer in Law at the University of Lancaster. Steven Wheatley is Professor of International Law at the University of Lancaster.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Complexity Theory, Complexity Theory & Legal Theory, Complexity Jurisprudence, Emergent Law
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Law
Depositing User: Jamie Murray
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2018 15:22
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 15:22
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2494

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