What Is Legal Validity and Is It Important? Some Critical Remarks About the Legal Status of Soft Law

  • Anne Ruth Mackor
Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 122)


In this chapter, I shall be concerned with the question what legal validity is and why it is important. The first part of the chapter is devoted to an analysis of the notion of validity, which allows us to answer the question what it means to say that a rule is or is not legally valid. In the second part, I argue that legal validity has practical importance. I illustrate my claim by discussing the legal status of a particular kind of soft law, viz. two Dutch codes of conduct for the judiciary.


Codes of conduct of the judiciary Efficacy Existence Geltung Gültigkeit Internal and external points of view Rule of law Soft law Trust Validity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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