Law’s movement

Jonathan Crowe

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Law oscillates. It exists in time and therefore in movement. Law changes, and this change marks the passage of time. Change possibly is time (Reichenbach, 1958; Grünbaum, 1963; cf. Smart, 1969). Law’s movement, however, is not simply linear. It is not a one-way journey from A to B. It is, rather, an oscillation between centres of gravity. Law moves from A to B, then back to A again. Law returns. Law’s oscillation takes many forms, but one of the most basic is the movement of law between order and disorder. Law seeks order, but social reality intrudes. Order becomes disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal governance and regulation
Subtitle of host publicationOrder and disorder in the 21st century
EditorsD Ireland-Piper, L Wolff
Place of PublicationOxon
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781351734011
ISBN (Print)9781472489012
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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