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JOHN AUSTIN ANALYTICAL POSITIVISM

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JOHN AUTIN

  1. 1. JOHN AUSTIN ANALYTICAL POSITIVISM
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION  John Austin is considered to be the father of analytical or positivist thought.He is the founder of analytical school.  He also published Province of Jurisprudence Determined in 1832.  In his classic work he dealt with the sources and nature of law and an analysis of English legal system.
  3. 3. AUSTIN’S ANALYTICAL POSITIVISM  According to Austin the law may be divided into two parts-  [1]-Law of God-laws set by God for men.  [2]-Human laws-laws set by men for men.  Law is command of sovereign.  No necessary connection between law and morals or “law as it is” and “law ought to be”.  Legal system is a closed logical system.
  4. 4. Characteristics of analytical jurisprudence  SOVEREIGN-According to Austin the Sovereign is a determinate human superior who receives habitual obedience from bulk of a given society and is not in the habit of obedience to a like superior.  COMMAND-According of Austin law prevails in the form of command but it must be a command of sovereign.  SANCTION-There must be a provision of punishment in case the law is disobeyed.There cannot be a law without punishment.  DUTY-As law is a command of sovereign,it is a duty of everyone to obey it.
  5. 5. Austin theory of law  Law is command of sovereignity which is divided into two parts-  [1]-Positive  [2]-Negative.  Prof.Razz pointed out four attributes of Austin’s sovereignity –  [1]-It is not subordinate.Example-Indian contitution.  [2]-Illimitable or unlimited.  [3]-Unique  [4]-United
  6. 6. Criticism on austin theory  Customs and convention ignored or overlooked.  No place for judge made laws i.e.precedent.  The word “Command” is over- emphasised.  Sanction alone is not means to induce obedience.  Sometimes the law is based upon religion.This aspect is not at all considered by Austin.For eg. Private laws Hindu and Muslim laws are based on religion.  Austin notion of sovereignity had becomes falsified in modern system because sovereignity is split into-  [1]-Legislative  [2]-Executive  [3]-Judicial sovereignity  Permissive character of law is ignored.
  7. 7. Merits of austin theory  The merit of Austin’s theory of law lies in its simplicity.consistency and clarity of exposition.  Austin has correctly stated that sanction helps in enforcement of law.  Austin’s theory separated law from moral.Law is confused with religion and morals hence credit goes to Austin for separating laws from morals.
  8. 8. conclusion Though there are some weaknesses in the theory of law propounded by Austin,it has great contribution to the study of jurisprudence.He approached the problem of definition of law from point of view of maintenance of law,order and security in the society.
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