A-Legality: Postnationalism and the Question of Legal Boundaries

Author/s Hans Lindahl
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2011/2
Language Italian Pages 30 P. 49-78 File size 607 KB
DOI 10.3280/SP2011-002003
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This paper critically examines the prevailing assumption that legal boundaries are becoming irrelevant in postnationalism. While the boundaries of the nation-state are forfeiting some of their hold on human behaviour, postnational legal orders are simply not legal orders unless they can in some way draw the spatial, temporal, material and subjective boundaries that make it possible to qualify human behaviour as legal or illegal. This implies that reflexively constituted legal orders - whether national or postnational - must be presented as legal unities. To the extent that boundaries are the necessary condition of national and postnational legal orders, and therewith of legal unity, they also spawn the possibility of political plurality, manifested in behaviour that resists the very distinction between legality and illegality, as drawn by an order of positive law: a-legality. Rather than signalling the demise of legal boundaries, postnationalism ushers in a novel way of dealing therewith and with a-legality.

Keywords: A-legality, Legal Boundaries, Postnational Legal Orders, Self- Legislation, Political Reflexivity

Hans Lindahl, A-Legalità: il Postnazionalismo e il problema dei confini legali in "SOCIOLOGIA E POLITICHE SOCIALI" 2/2011, pp 49-78, DOI: 10.3280/SP2011-002003