book review

Review of Christoph Kletzer, The Idea of a Pure Theory of Law, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2018, 150 pp, hb £54.00

William Lucy


Any ordinary person with experience of the law knows it as a potentially force-bearing feature of the social landscape. In The Idea of a Pure Theory of Law, Christoph Kletzer works this intellectual seam, although Hans Kelsen and his predecessors and successors provide the raw material of the study. The book is an elegant, clear and admirably succinct defence of the pure theory of law and, in particular, of the claim that ‘law is an order of force or violence’.

Published May 2019
Frequency Bi-Monthly
Volume 82
Issue 3
Print ISSN 0026-7961
Online ISSN 1468-2230