In this lecture I should like to encourage an attitude toward legal phenomena that stresses both tradition and change as an expression of meaning, particularly as an expression of national legal identity. I will illustrate this thesis with some specific examples of substantive rules in American and in German law. In the latter part of the lecture, I shall turn to the choice of language as a parallel expression of identity within a particular legal system.
George P. Fletcher,
Lawmaking as an Expression of Self,
N. Ky. L. Rev.
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