Theory and History of Legal Systems

The area of research “Theory and history of legal systems” collects works about legal rules principles, their historic layout, as well as their interpretation and diffusion. It is based on four themes.

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  1. Normativity and Sources of Law
  2. Administrative, Judicial, and State Orders
  3. Legal Argument and Legal Thought
  4. Competition of Legal Systems, Internationalisation and Globalisation of Law

Normativity and Sources of Law

This area focuses on foundations of law’s standard and its specific features compared to other legislative structures. It is based on past experience or inspired by particular areas of the substantive law and it concerns legislation, custom, doctrine, and case law.

Administrative, Judicial, and State Orders

This sector studies the layout of legal rules specifically involved in the exercise of public authorities: the constitutional history and the state theory, the history of the administration and the administrative law, contemporary and historical legal proceedings.

Legal Argument and Legal Thought

This field brings together works dedicated to doctrine and legal science. It studies arguments used by jurists and their persuasive techniques; this aspect is spreading on the long-term period by tracing the leading jurists’ history and judicial concepts.

Competition of Legal Systems, Internationalisation and Globalisation of Law

In a global context of flow on judicial concepts, the sector’s goal of major current models of law consists in analyzing historical and identity characters of main current models of law, assessing their influence interests, evaluating their diffusion, highlighting their contrasting points of view.