Legal Reasoning

In every period, legal scholarship needs to find an approach to hermeneutics that is commensurate to that period's epistemology. In the current post-modern constellation, legal hermeneutics-or legal doctrine-is considered with suspicion. Its claims to the unity of the legal order clashes with the conviction that there is no unity of knowledge and world-views. While some reject legal doctrine as ideology for these reasons, others consider it as a lesser evil to drag on with doctrinal reasoning. Projects related to this frame explore new avenues for a contemporary theory of legal hermeneutics in interdisciplinary perspective.

Key publications

Dogmatik als rationale Rekonstruktion. Versuch einer Metatheorie am Beispiel völkerrechtlicher Prinzipien. Der Staat 53 (2014) 373-399. Available here.

Goldmann, Matthias, Principles in International Law as Rational Reconstructions. A Taxonomy (2013). Available at SSRN.

The Financial Crisis as a Crisis of Public Reasoning, in: Benjamin Isakhan, Steven Slaughter (eds.), Democracy and Crisis: Democratising Governance in the Twenty-First Century. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke 2014, 71-87.