Sanctions: an Essential Element of Law?
CONVENORs: Christoph Bezemek, Fred Schauer, Nicoletta Bersier
H. L. A. Hart’s famed critique of Austin’s “command theory of law” successfully drove a wedge into the interrelation of “law and “sanctions”; so successful, in fact, that it caused some scholars to part with the idea of “force” underlying the concept of law altogether and others to emphatically protest what they perceived as a rash move to discard one of the core features of law.
The debate still is on. In its light, this workshop is dedicated to the concept of sanctions and to the reassessment of its interrelation with the concept of law.