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Ernst-Joachim Mestmäcker

A Legal Theory without Law

Posner v. Hayek on Economic Analysis of Law

[Eine Rechtstheorie ohne Recht. Posner v. Hayek zur ökonomischen Analyse des Rechts.]

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Ernst-Joachim Mestmäcker reviews legal theories of Richard Posner and Friedrich von Hayek, who are famous for their contribution to law and economics.
Ernst-Joachim Mestmäcker reviews Richard Posner's and Friedrich A.von Hayek's legal theories. Both are famous for their contributions to law and economics. They are, however, adversaries in their concepts of law and how it is to be informed by economics. Posner finds the only scientific legal theory in the external (economic) analysis of law. With Friedrich von Hayek the role of rules of conduct and legislation is to be determined by the principles that govern a free and competitive order. There are, contrary to Posner, important contributions from legal scholarship, legal history and comparative law.

Ernst-Joachim Mestmäcker Geboren 1926; 1950 Erstes und 1954 Zweites Juristisches Staatsexamen; 1953 Promotion; 1958 Habilitation; Lehrbefugnis für Bürgerliches Recht, Handelsrecht und Wirtschaftsrecht; 1959–63 Professuren für diese Fächer an der Universität des Saarlandes, 1965–69 an der Universität Münster und 1969–78 an der Universität Bielefeld; 1978–94 Wissenschaftliches Mitglied und Direktor am Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht in Hamburg; seither Emeritus.


The following reviews are known:

In: Juristenzeitung — 2008, 139–140 (Thomas Ackermann)
In: IPRax — 2008, Heft 2
In: DAJV-Newsletter — 2008, Heft 1, S. 39–40 (Erich Schanze)
In: Revue Hellenique des Droits de l'homme — 2007, 1384
In: European Business Organizaton Law — 9 (2008), S. 497–506 (Peter Cserne)
In: El Mercurio — 8. Februar 2009, S. E11 (Enrique Barros)