Austin’s Definition of Law and It’s Applicability in India

  • Kushagra Bhatnagar
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  • Kushagra Bhatnagar

    Student at SCLC, Pune

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Austin is recognized as the father of analytical school of law. According to him “Law is the command of a sovereign backed by the sanction “, but Austin ignored some elements like relation between state and citizen, important aspects of democratic country like freedom of thoughts, equality etc. Austin’s theory is completely based on ‘Sovereign ‘, but it is not suitable for India because there is no monarch system. Secondly sanction is a part of law but ‘only sanction’ is not the part of law. Thus, his theory is not applicable in countries like India which have modern political thoughts, a good relationship between state and citizens and a strong democratic system.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 5, Page 208 - 211


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