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Law and Counterrevolution : The Confrontation of the Western Legal Tradition

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Pavlov, Serhii:
Law and Counterrevolution : The Confrontation of the Western Legal Tradition.
ed.: Lazebnyi, Leonid
Bayreuth , 2024 . - 231 p. - (Academic publication )
ISBN 978-966-667-817-4


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Formation of a new tradition of European law
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Project financing: VolkswagenStiftung

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The book presents the author’s understanding of the concept of legal tradition.
In modern academic law there is no clear definition of the concept of legal tradition,
but at the same time there are many works that consider and use this phenomenon. Based
on the research by Harold Berman – “Law and Revolution. The Formation of the Western
Legal Tradition”, this book is the attempt to theoretically formulate the concept of legal
The central theme of the work is one of the supreme values of law – the human right
to life. The Right to human life had a different value in law in each historical era. This
regularity in different historical types of legal order is explained as a consequence of
different points of equilibrium of positive law in the Western legal tradition.
In this regard, on the one hand, the Harold Berman’s study is an empirical key for
revealing the theoretical construction of the phenomenon of the Western legal tradition. On
the other hand, the empirical verification of this concept is taking place in the case law of
the European Court of Human Rights.
In the context of this dual empiricism, the work shows that the axiology of right to
human life has always been the subject of the equilibrium of positive law.
The book examines the hypothesis that the Western legal tradition has entered a new era
of its genesis – the Age of Confrontation. The hallmark of the new era is the confrontation
between the doctrinal, normative, and reflective autonomy of law, which have a destructive
effect on legal values and values of law. In contrast to Harold Berman’s six revolutions of
law, the phenomenon of counterrevolution of law is considered by the researcher as a form
of dissipative dynamics of positive Law.
Attention is drawn to the fact that, unlike the Age of Formation, renewal and total
transformation of positive law are possible in a no-revolutionary way. The proposed
hypothesis that the Age of Confrontation of the Western legal tradition come to end in a
result of the harmonization of the normative, reflective, and doctrinal autonomy of law.
This monograph may be of interest to specialists in the field of philosophy, sociology,
legal theory, and case law of the European Court of Human Rights. Also, the book may be
of interest to anyone who has studied the Western legal tradition.

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Item Type: Book / Monograph
Keywords: Natural law; Positive law; Rule of law; Continuity and Renewal of law;
Legal tradition: Structured legal experience; Immanence and Transcendence of legal tradition;
Legal culture: Legal values and Values of law; System of law; Precedent; Political expectations;
Justice of law; Rationality of law; Pragmatism of law;
Formalism of law; Equilibrium social forces in law; Structural couplings;
Spirituality of law; Individualism of law; Imperialism of law; Nationalism of law; Collectivism of law; Liberalism of law; Humanism of law; Legal order; Legality; Legitimacy;
Legal facts; Interaction of law; Novelties of law; Statics of Law; Dynamics of law;
Legal doctrine; Normativity of law; Reflection of law; Transformation of law;
Confrontation and Harmonization of law; The Epoch of the Formation of Legal traditions; The Era of Confrontation of Legal traditions
Subject classification: General theory of law
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition and Health > Chair Food Law
Faculties > Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition and Health > Chair Food Law > Chair Food Law - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Kai Purnhagen
Faculties > Faculty of Life Sciences: Food, Nutrition and Health
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 340 Law
Date Deposited: 25 May 2024 21:00
Last Modified: 27 May 2024 07:04