1. bookVolume 12 (2021): Issue 3 (September 2021)
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31 Dec 2010
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Good Regulation Reflects Words in Action

Published Online: 16 Oct 2021
Volume & Issue: Volume 12 (2021) - Issue 3 (September 2021)
Page range: 159 - 182
Journal Details
First Published
31 Dec 2010
Publication timeframe
4 times per year

Given the impossibility of binary “yes” and “no” classical general legal rules to anticipate and address the future path of law, this paper imitates the adaptive human nature and frames future legal actions on it. Given this human trait, this paper presents some predispositions for substance and actions that are based on the systemic/cybernetic approach. The latter prioritises values, goals and their weights, with controllable thresholds that, based on feedback loops between events, facts, and intentions, activate different preestablished (legal) scenarios. The paper develops new responses to changed conditions (responsiveness, adaptability, agility and robustness); the first are needed in the law due to inevitability of dynamic changes to present some adaptive regulatory techniques, which could be implemented in practical systems. The paper concludes that such techniques can be used in the law used as sunset clauses, legal experiments, emergent strategies, negative scenarios, adaptable norms, Henry VII clauses, public opinion within collective intelligence and legal experiments. They all can address changed conditions in the environment.


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