Modern law has lived traversed by a paradox: in order to reduce violence, it legitimates it; but by legitimating it, it prevents its disappearance. It upholds it. It multiplies it. It contributes to its reproduction. This paradox is nurtured by three basic realities: (1) violence is found at the origin of many modern legal systems; (2) modern societies need to discipline violence to maintain order; and (3) law depends partially on violence for its effectiveness.
Rivera Ramos, Efrén, "VIOLENCE AND THE LAW: NOTES UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF AN EXTREME VIOLENCE" (2003). SELA (Seminario en Latinoamérica de Teoría Constitucional y Política) Papers. 27.