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Normative jurisprudence asks “what should legislation be?”, whereas analytic jurisprudence asks “what is legislation?” John Austin’s utilitarian answer was that regulation is “commands, backed by menace of sanctions, from a sovereign, to whom people have a behavior of obedience”. Natural lawyers on the opposite facet, such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, argue that regulation displays essentially moral and unchangeable legal guidelines of nature. The idea of “natural legislation” emerged in historic Greek philosophy concurrently and in reference to the notion of justice, and re-entered the mainstream of Western tradition by way of the writings of Thomas Aquinas, notably his Treatise on Law.

After some years of civil practice, he joined the faculty at the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University in 1978 the place he is now a professor of business legal studies within the Accounting Department. He has served on the Faculty Senate, on numerous university and faculty committees together with chairman of the University Master Plan Committee; he has been energetic in state Bar Association committee work and in local politics, the place he has served on quite a few boards and commissions over 30 years.

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