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Reasonableness and Law

  • Giorgio Bongiovanni
  • Giovanni Sartor
  • Chiara Valentini


  • The first book to deal extensively with the presently much debated matter of reasonableness and law

  • Covers a subject at the center of legal debate in academia and practice

  • Contains contributions of the leading scholars in the field

  • The only work to focus on all the aspects of reasonableness and law in such great detail


Part of the Law and Philosophy Library book series (LAPS, volume 86)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Legal, Political and Constitutional Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. The Reasonableness of the Law

    3. The Moral and Political Dimension of Reasonableness

    4. Reasonableness in Constitutional Adjudication

  3. Private, Public and International Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Reasonableness in Private Law

    3. Reasonableness in Administrative and Public Law

    4. Reasonableness in Biolaw

      1. Carla Faralli
        Pages 327-336
      2. Amedeo Santosuosso
        Pages 337-349

About this book


Reasonableness is at the centre of legal debate, both in academic circles and in practice. This unique reference work adopts an interdisciplinary perspective, merging jurisprudence, legal theory, political philosophy and the different branches of law. All aspects relating to reasonableness and law are addressed by the most prominent scholars in the field. In the first part of the book, the focus is on jurisprudential analyses of the concept of reasonableness and on its moral, political and constitutional implications. In the second part, reasonableness is examined in the different fields of law like Public, Private and International Law. Here in more detail the practical consequences of reasonableness are worked out, making this work of interest to practitioners as well as legal theorists.


Constitutional Law Europe Habermas Private Law Reasonableness Reichsrechnungslegungsverordnung Robert Alexy administrative law international law jurisprudence justice law political philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • Giorgio Bongiovanni
    • 1
  • Giovanni Sartor
    • 2
  • Chiara Valentini
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.CIRSFIDUniversità BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.European University InstituteFirenze FIItaly

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