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Hans Kelsen

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198252177

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198252177.001.0001

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The Immediate and Mediate Addressees of General Norms of Law and of Morality

The Immediate and Mediate Addressees of General Norms of Law and of Morality

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(p.52) 14 The Immediate and Mediate Addressees of General Norms of Law and of Morality
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General Theory of Norms
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Hans Kelsen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198252177.003.0014

The immediate addressees of general hypothetical legal norms are the individuals who are empowered — and in certain circumstances, also obligated — to order concretely and to execute the coercive acts which serve as sanctions. The merely mediate addressees of the general legal norms are the individuals whose behaviour is the condition for the coercive acts decreed in these norms. A general legal norm decreeing a coercive act to be obligatory is observed by the individual who has to perform the coercive act. It is applied to the individual whose behaviour is the condition for the coercive act.

Keywords:   norms of law, norms of morality, legal norms, immediate addressees, coercive acts, empowered individuals

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