1 Lon L Fuller, `The Case of the Speluncean Explorers’ 2 See, eg, Jordi Ferrer Beltr n and Giovanni Battista Ratti (eds), The Logic of Legal Requirements. articles were Henry Hart’s famous dialogue2 and Lon Fuller’s presen- tation of the case of the speluncean explorers.3 They still are. Why is that so? Perhaps one. Tags: legal theory, judicial decisions, Speluncean Explorers . the force of legal theories in action is Lon Fuller’s The Case of the Speluncean

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As its main purpose is deterrence, the judge concluded that, just as with a case of self-defence, the purpose of the statute would not be served by upholding the convictions. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

The Case of the Speluncean Explorers

Find it on Scholar. No categories specified categorize this paper. He criticizes the other judges for failing to distinguish the legal from the moral aspects of the case.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The Chief Justice states that the statute is unambiguous, with no applicable legal defences, so it must be applied by fuller court. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

Fuller’s account has been described as “a classic in jurisprudence ” [2] and “a microcosm of [the 20th] century’s debates” in legal philosophy. He criticizes the “state of nature” concept and is not satisfied with Justice Foster’s formulation placing the law of contract above the law against murder.


The second opinion takes a different approach to the Chief Justice’s. Sign in Create an account. No one outside the cave is willing to answer this question. The fourth opinion begins by excluding executive clemency and the morality of the defendants’ actions as relevant factors to the court’s deliberations.

Retrieved 15 January Criticises Chief Justice’s proposed appeal to Executive for clemency given need to respect separation of powers ; should only make appeal in capacity as private citizens Moral considerations spelunceab irrelevant in applying the statute.

Judges can find an exception to the law by implication, as the Courts had earlier done with self-defense. Get to Know Us. Explorers of the Southern Sky: He draws analogies to servants who need to “read between the lines” of their masters’ instructions; strict literal compliance may not always be the actual intention.

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Criticises Foster J’s approach The sleluncean law under the posited “state of nature” prioritises freedom of contract above the right to life Purposive approach to statutory interpretation is difficult when there are multiple purposes here, retribution and rehabilitation Cannot decide case due to competing legal rationales and emotions.

Wikipedia articles needing clarification from March Twentieth-Century Statutory Interpretation in a Nutshell”. The Indeterminacy of an Emergency: Charlesworth – – The Classical Review 44 The judge counters potential objections of judicial activism by suggesting that although judges must obey the will of legislators, they must do spelucean intelligently.


Write a customer review. In the third opinion, Justice Tatting is emotionally “torn between sympathy for [the defendants] and a feeling of abhorrence and disgust at the monstrous act they committed”.

Feteris – – Ratio Juris 21 4: He is subsequently killed and eaten. The medical experts reluctantly confirm this to be the case. Justice Keen recalls that earlier instances of judicial activism in Newgarth had ultimately led to civil warwhich established the supremacy of the legislature over the judiciary. Challenges to Criminal Jurisdiction in Constitutional Democracy. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? A Journal of the History of Science English Choose a language for shopping.

Each differs in its reasoning and on whether the survivors should be found guilty of breaching the law. Despite rejecting Justice Foster’s reasoning, Justice Tatting cannot bring himself to reach the alternative view, that the defendants’ convictions should be upheld.

After the four survivors are rescued, they are charged and found guilty of the murder of the fifth explorer. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. These combined objections lead Justice Tatting to reject Justice Foster’s reasoning as “intellectually unsound and approaching mere rationalization.