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Profile: Hrafn Asgeirsson (University of Iceland)
  1. Hrafn Asgeirsson (forthcoming). On the Instrumental Value of Vagueness in the Law. Ethics.
    It is natural to think that law ought not to be vague. After all, law is supposed to guide conduct, and vague law seems poorly suited to do that. Contrary to this common impression, however, a number of authors have argued that vagueness in the law is sometimes a good thing, because it is a means to achieving certain valuable legislative ends. In this article, I argue that many authors—including Timothy Endicott and Jeremy Waldron—wrongly associate vagueness with instrumental roles that (...)
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  2. Hrafn Asgeirsson (forthcoming). Vagueness and Power-Delegation in Law: A Reply to Sorensen. In Michael Freeman & Fiona Smith (eds.), Current Legal Issues: Law and Language. Oxford University Press
    Roy Sorensen has argued that vagueness in the law cannot be justified by appeal to the value of power-delegation, and thereby threatens to take away one of the main reasons for thinking that vagueness can be valuable to law. Delegation of power to officials is justified, he thinks, only if these officials are in a better position to discover whether a particular x is F, a condition not satisfied in cases of vagueness. I argue that Sorensen’s argument is unsound: delegation (...)
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  3. Hrafn Asgeirsson (2012). Vagueness, Comparative Value, and the "Lawmakers' Challenge". Archiv für Rechts- Und Sozialphilosophie 98 (3):299-316.
    In "The Value of Vagueness," Timothy Endicott argues that vague law can be better than precise law. I think he is in many respects correct, but will suggest that we modify and supplement his framework in order to get a firmer grip on what I call the Lawmakers' Challenge: the scenario in which lawmakers find themselves when they must determine whether the consequences of precision are worse than the consequences of vagueness. This will allow us to identify several points of (...)
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