THE CONCEPT OF PRINCIPLES OF LAW
IN COMMON LAW DOCTRINE
In the article the author analyzes the notion of “principles of law” in common law
doctrine and different ways of understanding of that concept. The author conducts
a thorough research of the most prominent legal scholars’ works, whose names belong
to the history of legal science, e.g. J. Bentham, D. Ostin, R. Dvorkin, R. Posner, G. Hart,
O. Holmes etc. The author analyzes how widely the concept of principles of law is
understood and what consequences such understanding can lead to in the practical
field. The author concludes that the concept of principles of law in common law doctrine
can be named neither as conceptually valid nor as practically effective. This implication
follows from the fact that common law systems allow alterations in the content of the
notion due to the current demands of the society.
Keywords: common law doctrine; principles of law; theory of law; application of
principles of law.
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Information about the author
Konovalov A.V. (Moscow) – Candidate of Legal Sciences (119991, Moscow,
GSP-1, Zhitnaya St., 14; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).