Convergences. Remarks on Paolo Grossi’s L’invenzione del diritto

Author/s Vincenzo Ferrari
Publishing Year 2017 Issue 2017/3
Language Italian Pages 6 P. 216-221 File size 363 KB
DOI 10.3280/SD2017-003010
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This brief essay offers a comment upon Paolo Grossi’s latest book, which collects some of his most recent speeches, inspired by his experience first as a judge, and then as president, of Italy’s Constitutional Court. A harsh critic of legal positivism and of the predominance of statute law, as well as a renowned legal historian, Grossi upholds a distinct vision of both law, which he sees as stemming from societal ties, and the role of jurists, whose task is to find (from the Latin verb invenire) single legal rules within the incessant production of law at societal leval. As a critic of the theoretical tenets of legal positivism, yet convinced of its ethical inspiration, Ferrari observes that such different visions may converge, at least partially, especially for their common adhesion to the basic principles of the Italian Constitution.

Keywords: Paolo Grossi - Law’ sociality - Lawyer’s role - Search for law - Constitutional principles

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Vincenzo Ferrari, Convergenze. Note su L’invenzione del diritto di Paolo Grossi in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL DIRITTO " 3/2017, pp 216-221, DOI: 10.3280/SD2017-003010