1st Edition

The Role of Fraternity in Law A Comparative Legal Approach

Edited By Adriana Cosseddu Copyright 2022
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    This collection discusses the concept of fraternity and examines the issue of its role in law.

    Since the end of World War II, fraternity has been cited in several national constitutional charters, in addition to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But is there space for fraternity in law? The contributions to this book form an ideal “bridge” between the past and present to trace the different pathways taken to address the meaning of fraternity, and to identify its possible legal relevance. The book lays out paths that have placed fraternity in varied and challenging legal contexts in an age of globalization and conflict, where the multiplicity of national and supranational sources of law seems to show its inadequacy to govern complexity, and coexistence between diversities that appear irreconcilable. The purpose is not to recover fraternity as a forgotten principle, but to reimagine it today to address the aim and force of law within a plurality of cultures. The analysis considers a possible universal dimension that models unity within diversity, and aspires to serve as a prologue to a transition from research to dialogue between different legal systems and traditions.

    The book will be of interest to academics and researchers working in the areas of Comparative Law, Legal History and Legal Philosophy.


    Preface by Fausto Goria

    Introduction1. The Principle of Fraternité: From the French Constitutions of the Revolutionary Period to the Constitution of the Fifth Republic
    Fernanda Bruno

    2. Rethinking Legality in Contemporary Legal “Space”: A “Bridge” between Theory and Practice
    Adriana Cosseddu

    3. Fraternity and Common Law: Liability for “Failure to Provide Aid”
    Sergio Barbaro

    4. From the Liberal State to the Fraternal State: Fraternity as a legal category and the contribution of Brazil’s 1988 Constitution
    Carlos Augusto Alcântara Machado

    5. The Creation of the Fraternity Paradigm in the Brazilian Legal System: A few comments
    Josiane Rose Petry Veronese

    6. Fraternity as Value-Guarantor of Sustainability: A dialogue between legal protection and the inclusion of the “other”
    Olga Maria Boschi Aguiar de Oliveira – Mônica Nicknich

    7. Fraternity and Relationships in the Law of the International Community
    Vincenzo Buonomo

    8. The Rationale for Relational Justice (and understanding the principle of Fraternity)
    Antonio Márquez Prieto

    9. The Relational Justice of Contract
    Rocío Caro Gándara


    Adriana Cosseddu is Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Sassari, Italy, and Director of “Communion and Law” international network of legal professionals.