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Legislators and Judges

  • Virgilio Zapatero Gómez
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Part of the Legisprudence Library book series (LEGIS, volume 6)

Abstract

The great attention devoted to the theory of judicial argumentation contrasts with the scant interest that the theory of legislation awakes. It is a sign of the times that reveals the growing protagonism of the judiciary. But once a theory of legal interpretation is disassociated from the theory of legislation, it somehow loses its foundation and even runs the risk of drowning in arbitrariness. Because any theory of interpretation of the law that intends to be seriously prescriptive in a modern Rechtsstaat, must be explicitly based on a theory of democracy; it must be firmly anchored in a clear and accepted definition of the functions of legislators and judges, in other words, of the relations between parliaments and courts.

Keywords

Legal interpretation theory Legislation theory Judges Legislators Fidelity to laws Rule of law 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virgilio Zapatero Gómez
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  1. 1.Facultad de DerechoUniversidad de Alcalá de HenaresAlcalá de HenaresSpain

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