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How to Do Things with Legal Doctrine$
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Pierre Schlag and Amy J. Griffin

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226726106

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226726380.001.0001

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What Is Doctrine?

What Is Doctrine?

(p.10) 1 What Is Doctrine?
How to Do Things with Legal Doctrine

Pierre Schlag

Amy J. Griffin

University of Chicago Press

In this chapter, we seek to describe doctrine in a more meaningful way, and to do so, we provide context, structure, and terminology. Once we establish a framework, we examine both the function and form of doctrine. Specifically, we want to know: what is the role of doctrine in the big picture of our modern legal systems, and what are doctrine’s key characteristics? The answers to these questions will then be used to launch us into a quick descriptive overview of the inquiry: how to do things with doctrine.

Keywords:   defining doctrine, modern legal system, sources of law

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