Robert Alexy

Theory of Fundamental Rights

Concentrating in particular on the case law of the Federal Constitutional Court, Alexy endeavors to develop a general theory of the fundamental rights of the German Constitution. The most important points are a theory of principles and a theory of the structure of subjective rights.

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Robert Alexy

A Theory of Juristic Argumentation

The subject of this study concerns the central problem of juristic methodology. It is possible to formulate in the question whether jurisprudence is equipped with a commonly accepted canon that makes possible a rationally and inter-subjectively verifiable scrutiny.

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Mahmoud Bassiouni

Human Rights Between Universality and Islamic Legitimacy

Human rights are caught in a normative area of dispute in contemporary Islamic discourse. On the one hand, they have to be legitimised by Islam, i.e. ankered in Islamic legal thought; on the other, they have to be adaptable to a universal consensus.

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Arabic world rights (Al-Kamel)

Rainer Forst

Justification and Critique

Rainer Forst develops a critical theory capable of deciphering the deficits and potentials inherent in contemporary political reality. This calls for a perspective which is immanent to social and political practices and at the same time transcends them. Forst regards society as a whole as an »order of justification« comprising complexes of different norms referring to institutions and corresponding practices of justification.

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Günter Frankenberg


Why do authoritarian states create constitutions? Is it enough to simply brush them aside as mere façades or a »constitution without a constitutional culture«? No, it is not, says Günter Frankenberg, and shows in his latest book that, as texts written for a public, they need to be taken seriously as well as criticised.

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English world rights (Edward Elgar Publishing)

Günter Frankenberg

Normalizing the State of Exception

In times of crisis, liberal constitutional statecraft must constantly defend itself against the temptation of the state of exception.

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Axel Honneth

Freedom`s Right

Since The Struggle for Recognition, this is the first great monograph of one of today’s most significant social philosophers.

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Niklas Luhmann

Contingency and the Law

What can sociology contribute to modern legal theory? This was one of the central questions that continued to preoccupy Niklas Luhmann, the great sociologist who also held a law degree and was a former civil servant, throughout his scholarly career.

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Christoph Menke

Critique of Rights

The notion that we have rights is the great normative idea of modernity, specifically in its post-Enlightenment iteration. The declaration of subjective rights marked the birth of bourgeois society, with liberalism as its dominant theory. Yet it also proclaimed »the rights of egoistic man separated from his fellow men and from the community« as Karl Marx observed—thus forcing the depoliticisation of politics. This, Christoph Menke argues, is why we need a critique of rights.

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Christoph Möllers

The Possibility of Norms

When we speak about norms we usually think about precepts governing our lives – precepts that tell us what we should do or what we are not allowed to do. Norms, one might be lead to believe, always demand particular actions or omissions and require moral justification. But is that really true?

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