Law and Philosophy | Legal History
The four theses of this paper are: (1) that an appropriate organizational form is used to design, define, and organize a functional unit of a legal system, (2) that the functional units of a legal system, contrary to the emphasis in Hart and Kelsen, consist of far more than rules, and include institutions, interpretive and other methodologies, sanctions and remedies, and more, (3) that frontal and systematic study of the forms of these units is a major avenue for advancing understanding of them as duly organized wholes, and, (4) that such study reveals that much credit is due these forms, along with complementary material or other components of the units, for values realized through law.
Summers, Robert S., "On Giving Legal Form Its Due. A Study in Legal Theory" (2005). Cornell Law Faculty Publications. Paper 1337.
Published in: Ratio Juris, Vol. 18, No. 2 (June 2005).