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Norberto Bobbio (1909–2004) and Law: A Centennial Tribute

Studies in Law, Politics, and Society

ISBN: 978-1-78052-080-3, eISBN: 978-1-78052-081-0

Publication date: 30 June 2011


Norberto Bobbio's Birth Centenary was celebrated in Turin in October 2009. This article acknowledges an important 20th century legal philosopher whose work is yet to be fully appreciated in the Anglo-American context. A short introduction is followed by an overview of his works in English, and intellectual profile. Relevant excerpts aim to convey some understanding of his legal scholarship. Three exemplars of his contribution to law: jurisprudence, legal sociology and the general theory of law are discussed. It is argued that a Bobbian lens can be usefully employed to consider some of the pressing 21st century legal-political and social issues.


Chataway, T. (2011), "Norberto Bobbio (1909–2004) and Law: A Centennial Tribute", Sarat, A. (Ed.) Studies in Law, Politics, and Society (Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Vol. 55), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 173-202.



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