Valentin Jeutner

Searching for Law’s Average Person

Law is not made for specific individuals. Law is made for an average person. This average person might be similar to you or to me but it might also be quite different. My research identifies the assumptions that law and lawmakers make about the people to whom law is applied. I ask, for instance, whether lawmakers considered children, refugees, religious minorities or elderly people when making law. Asking these questions is important, because law can regulate the behaviour of people only if people can relate to law – that is, if the law makes sense to people. For that reason, it is important to ensure that as many people as possible can identify with or at least relate to law’s average person – the type of person to which law is addressed.


The Faculty of Law, Lunds university

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