Double-click Justice: Legalism in the Computer Age

Burkhard Schafer, Zenon Bankowski

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Abstract / Description of output

Legalism seen as blind rule following (often embodied inthe metaphor of the computer judge) is often confused with legality, an altogether more reflexive and rational concept. But legality to work properly needs to be related to and articulated withthe narrower concept of legalism. Only in their complex interaction can we begin to see legality as a mode of organisation appropriateto a free and democratic society. This is discussed here in the context of the computational implementation of legal concepts, an emergingissue in the regulation of cyberspace and other technology enhanced forms of human interaction
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-50
Number of pages20
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • legalism
  • legality
  • cyberspace
  • deontic logic
  • governance
  • norms
  • computation


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