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Olivecrona, Karl

  • Carla FaralliEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6730-0_291-1

Karl Olivecrona (1897–1980) is recognized, next to Alf Ross, to be among the leading exponents of Scandinavian legal realism (Bjarup 1978; Castignone 1974; Hierro 2008; Strömholm and Vogel 1975; Vogel 1972). He was a pupil of Axel Hägerström, describing the latter as his “beloved and venerable teacher” and remarking that his own inquiry into law “would not have been possible but for the foundation provided by Hägerström’s speculation.”

In fact, Olivecrona works Hägerström’s novel conclusions into what is properly a general theory of law developed from a realist point of view, a theory that finds completion in the second edition of Law as Fact (Olivecrona 1971). This second edition is described by Olivecrona as an “entirely new book,” even as he retains the same title as the first edition (Olivecrona 1939), signaling that his basic approach to the study of law remains the same.

Olivecrona also embarks on historical inquiries along the lines suggested by Hägerström, seeking to trace the...

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  1. 1.Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di BolognaBolognaItaly

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  • Sally Scholz
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  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentVillanova UniversityVillanovaUSA