Title

On Formal Justice

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1973

ISSN

2768-296X

Publisher

Cornell University

Language

en-US

Abstract

A number of legal and political theorists have suggested that public officials who fail to act within the law that they administer act unjustly. This does not mean that injustice is always likely to be done merely because it often happens to be done when officials depart from the law. Some writers have held that injustice is done whenever an official fails to act within the law, regardless of the circumstances. I shall call this type of view "formal justice."

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