The value of vagueness: A feminist analysis

Chadha-Sridhar, Ira (2021) The value of vagueness: A feminist analysis. Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, 34 (1). pp. 59-84. ISSN 08418209

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Judicial verdicts matter. Apart from deciding the fate of litigants, common law verdicts hold precedential value. They create and alter legal cultures. Considering their importance, it is crucial to ask: what do judicial verdicts turn on? Each verdict is certainly influenced by the case facts, evidence and argumentation presented before the court. However, verdicts are also importantly shaped by how we think about language.1 Questions about language—about the relationship between words and meaning—are central to legal philosophy.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Vagueness | Language and law | Feminist philosophy | Jurisprudence
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2022 15:21
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2022 15:21
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Additional Information: The paper seeks discuss the problem of vagueness in language. It can be of interest to legal academics from a range of fields interested in understanding how language shapes - and is shaped by - the law.


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