Juristic Concept of the Validity of Statutory Law

A Critique of Contemporary Legal Nonpositivism

  • Andrzej Grabowski

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Andrzej Grabowski
    Pages 1-8
  3. Critique of the Nonpositivist Conception of Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Andrzej Grabowski
      Pages 11-22
    3. Andrzej Grabowski
      Pages 61-191
  4. Clarification of the Juristic Concept of the Validity of Statutory Law

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 543-595

About this book


This book presents the theory of the validity of legal norms, aimed at the practice of law, in particular the jurisdiction of the constitutional courts. The postpositivist concept of the validity of statutory law, grounded on a critical analysis of the basic theories of legal validity elaborated up to now, is introduced. In the first part of the book a contemporary German nonpositivist conception of law developed by Ralf Dreier and Robert Alexy is analysed in order to answer the question whether the juristic concept of legal validity should include moral standards or criteria. In the second part, a postpositivist concept of legal validity and an innovative model of validity discourse, based on the juristic presumption of the validity of legal norms, are proposed. The book is a work on analytical legal theory, written from a postpositivist, detached point of view.


German nonpositivism law and morals legal discourse postpositivism validity of law

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrzej Grabowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Law, Department of Legal TheoryJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland

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