Marksistskaia teoriia prava i stroitel抯tvo sotsializma, Revoliutsiia prava (), no.3, pp From Evgeny Pashukanis, Selected Writings on Marxism and Law . From Evgeny Pashukanis, Selected Writings on Marxism and Law (eds. P. Beirne & R. Sharlet), London & New York , pp Evgeny Pashukanis was born in of a Lithuanian family. He became a Bolshevik in and later was a Vice-Commissar of Justice and the editor of.

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This was the time of colonialism when capitalists considered protecting domestic markets as key to profit. Marx refers to the stage when classes are already destroyed and only the principle of distribution in proportion to labour time is retained is as far away as heaven is from earth from bourgeois law without quotes, which is a facilitating element of the process of exploitation.

Instead of constructing a Marxist critique of one of the basic legal concepts by grasping its economic roots, we have remained in the present instance under the influence of pashuianis legal positivism which resembles the dogmatism of natural law.

Evgeny Pashukanis: General Theory of Law and Marxism ()

At the time when the large landholdings of the ecclesiastical and secular aristocracy began to develop in place of family and tribal ownership of land, feudalism matured as a result and movable property and certain rudiments evgeeny the law of obligations were already in existence. Efgeny you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Commodity-Form Theory sees nothing autonomous about law.

I was making two points.

I guess it is easier to beat a straw man! Law, therefore, is equally inequitable by its very nature.

Evgeny Pashukanis

This book will be of interest to sociologists, criminologists, and political scientists interested in issues of law and Marxism. Law Political philosophy more Conclusion Commodity-Form Theory allows us to more materially understand the underlying politico-economic forces underpinning law. Pashukanis’s “commodity-exchange” theory of law spearheaded a perspective that traced the form of law, not to class interests, but to capital logic itself. He eventually arrived at a position contrary to Stalin’s who, at that time, was attempting to consolidate and strengthen the state apparatus under the name of the dictatorship of the proletariat.


Evgeny Bronislavovich Pashukanis is a critical figure in Russian thought who has stimulated much Marxist analysis of law.

For example, gold may be used to purchase anything in the world because that gold can be taken and used to purchase anything else.

Law arises as a means to the end of generating capital. However, having completely understood this latter category, we can also, as Marx further indicated, additionally explain the significance of the feudal forms of exploitation.

Critical legal studies Comparative law Economic analysis International legal theory Legal history Philosophy of law Sociology of law. Until his death, he continued to argue for the ideal of the withering away of the state, law, and the juridic subject. Pashukaniz the contrary, in his writings he repeatedly emphasizes the notion that, for example, ownership of land loses its feudal character at the same time that land becomes a commodity like other commodities, and its owner a commodity owner.

Write a customer review. In all of these scenarios law is above the world and rules it without much input from the world.

Analytical jurisprudence Deontological ethics Interpretivism Legalism Legal moralism Legal positivism Legal realism Libertarian theories of law Natural law Paternalism Utilitarianism Virtue jurisprudence. It is not difficult to adduce a series of legal requirements of this type whose satisfaction and accordingly, the protection ecgeny the given right cannot be considered from the point of view of the development of the forces of production, but which can be considered quite naturally and must be considered by the court from the point of view of justice or fair exchange.

Accordingly, the task consists in connecting the study of legal form evgeeny its practical application with the economic and social-class factors which are the bases pashukanks this form itself, of its individual aspects and, finally, of individual legal institutions.

In conclusion, a few remarks are in order with regard to the relationship between state and law. If law were truly autonomous its character would transcend material paradigms. Inevitably, Pashukanis was branded an enemy of the revolution in January One can hardly object to this appeal.


It goes without saying that the concrete means of a given system of legal relationships are a matter of state power and the laws issued by it. The interpretation of the meaning of formal categories of law does not deprive them of their formal character and consequently does not eliminate the danger of reverting to a legal ideology veiled in protective Marxist coloration.

If the product of impartial application is a partial outcome the application itself is a hollow shell for bias. Share your thoughts with other customers. This is nothing other than an attempt to translate into the language of legal definitions the idea which lay at the basis of the New Economic Policy.

Read more Read less. The problem posed by Stuchka is much broader and we are not in disagreement with it. Get to Know Us. But, pahukanis may be asked, what relation to the development of the forces of production has the right to compensation for harm, say for injury, oashukanis the right to support payments for a member of the family who is unable to work? Share with your friends.

Evgeny Pashukanis: Commodity-Form Theory of Law

But we conclude from this, that in granting and pashhukanis civil-law rights, the proletarian state by no means intended to develop the forces of production in all instances.

Pshukanis goes as far as to posit paehukanis theories of the State develop after the practice of State-making has already been developed as a way to rationalise the legitimacy of government. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. I believe majority was spot on. The categories most characteristic of bourgeois law?