The Italian Senate under Reform: Sacrifice or Self-Reflection?

  • Jörg Luther


Albrecht Weber’s “Europäische Verfassungsvergleichung” (2010) is a wonderful “late work” that applies to the constitutional framework of public powers a method first developed for the analysis of the “Fundamental Rights in Europe and North America”. This method looks at the historical context, at the gradual development of textures and at the functions of fundamental principles and organisational structures, including a multilevel approach and moments of evaluation and assessment (Wertung) based more on fundamental principles and rights than on organisation and powers. There is a personal colour and also a national style in this comparative law methodology mostly based on a philosophy of legal positivism. The European comparison of constitutions aims to be helpful for practices of constitutional reform, constitutional adjudication and international law and for the systemic construction of an ius constitutionale europaeum.

The question is whether the knowledge of comparative law always promotes cultural and economic development or sometimes endangers a specific constitutional heritage and identity. Comparative constitutional law has always been influenced by comparative private law know‐how on legal transplants and circulation of legal models that even in “public” law often happen in silence: “ça va sans dire”. The empirical research on the real use of comparative arguments and foreign materials in constitutional law‐making and judgments is still in the earliest stages.


Regional Council Democratic Legitimacy Catholic Social Teaching Legislative Power Direct Election 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jörg Luther
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  1. 1.University of Piemonte Orientale “A. Avogadro”NovaraItaly

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