A Basic Classification of Legal Institutions

Dick W.P. Ruiter

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    The author offers a general definition of legal institutions. A distinction between institutional legal concepts, legal institutions and social institutions makes it possible to define legal institutions as systems of valid presentations of what must occur in social reality in order that the former can be said also to exist as social institutions. Weinberger's idea, that the relation of legal institutions (practical information) to reality is the exact reverse of that between propositions (theoretical information) and reality, is subsequently used in developing a basic classification of legal institutions by analogy with the traditional division of elements of singular propositions in definite descriptions, properties and relations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)357-371
    Number of pages15
    JournalRatio juris
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1997


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