Epistemological and Ethical Implications of the Personalized Justice

  • Giuseppe Zaccaria


The history of the recognition of human rights, which still aspires to the pursuit of a “personalized justice”, has seen three major periods: the cultural revolution of the Enlightenment and the abstract universalistic dimension of the rights of every human being; the recognition of the rule of law and human rights anchored in the existential context; and the legitimation of the rights to differences and to the identity of the individual. The process of evolution towards a personalized Justice is still an obstacle in the concept of equality, a fundamental pillar of Italian constitutional law. Going beyond traditional law can be achieved with a historic reversal of the criminal law, from a punitive system to a restorative-retributive one that assesses on a case by case basis, even through mediation, taking into account differences and peculiarities. Restorative justice, despite not having the ability to become a universal paradigm for conflict resolution, is evolving towards a personalized justice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political and Juridical Sciences and International StudiesUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly

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