The intractably unknowable nature of law : Kadi, Kafka, and the law's competing claims to authority

Mason, Luke (2014) The intractably unknowable nature of law : Kadi, Kafka, and the law's competing claims to authority. In: Kadi on Trial: A Multifaceted Analysis of the Kadi Trial. Routledge, London. ISBN 978-0415640312


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This chapter presents the striking similarities between the cases of Mr Kadi and Josef K., and indeed their contrasting conclusions, to delve into the insights of Franz Kafkas fictional depictions of the law. These focused heavily, among other themes, on the experience of law for those who are subject to the legal systems demands but who do not have, at that moment at least, privileged access to its inner workings. Rather, therefore, than contributing to the literature on Kadi which focuses on intra- and inter-systemic normative conundra, this chapter seeks to understand law as it is experienced as a social artefact which primarily serves and seeks to regulate the actions of people who are not lawyers. Finally, this chapter draws further on the Kadi saga to demonstrate that, beyond these conceptual concerns, certain empirically observable contemporary trends within the law are contributing additional complexity to this problem.

Item Type: Book Section
13 May 2014Published
Subjects: CAH16 - law > CAH16-01 - law > CAH16-01-01 - law
CAH19 - language and area studies > CAH19-04 - languages and area studies > CAH19-04-09 - others in language and area studies
CAH20 - historical, philosophical and religious studies > CAH20-02 - philosophy and religious studies > CAH20-02-01 - philosophy
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
Depositing User: Luke Mason
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2019 10:10
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:56

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