Law and Philosophy

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 399–416

A formal representation of declaration-related legal relations

  • Sven Ove Hansson

DOI: 10.1007/BF00212705

Cite this article as:
Hansson, S.O. Law Philos (1990) 9: 399. doi:10.1007/BF00212705


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.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sven Ove Hansson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUppsalaSweden