Article 9: What It Does Not Do for the Future, 26 LA. L. REV. 300 (1966)
On a purely formal level any system of law is complete. Answers
will be provided for any questions that can be asked. On
a more meaningful level, no system of law, codified or uncodified,
is much more than what Justice Holmes, referring to the
maritime law, once called "a limited body of customs and ordinances."
The law deals with the real problems that real people
have today - not with the problems our fathers had yesterday,
not with the problems our children may have tomorrow. Law
reflects what exists; it does not create, shape, or change. It is
a mirror; what is not before the glass is not there. Thus it is
nonsense to talk about a law of outer space, world peace through
law, and things like that.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Gilmore, Grant, "Article 9: What It Does Not Do for the Future" (1966). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 2557.