Law and Philosophy

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 399-416

First online:

A formal representation of declaration-related legal relations

  • Sven Ove HanssonAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy

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A formal language is introduced that contains expressions for the dependency of a legal relation on the claims that the concerned individuals make and on the permissions that they grant. It is used for a classification of legal relations into six major categories: categorical obligation, categorical permission, claimable obligation, grantable permission, claim-dependent obligation and grant-dependent permission. Legal rights may belong to any of these six categories, but the characteristics of a right-holder are shown to be different in each of the six types.