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Book Launch: Paul Gragl – Legal Monism: Law, Philosophy, and Politics

5 December 2018

Time: 4:00 - 6:00pm
Venue: Room 313, School of Law Queen Mary, University of London Mile End Road E1 4NS London United Kingdom

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The Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) hosts the Book Launch of Paul Gragl's book,  "Legal Monism: Law, Philosophy, and Politics."

In response to a climate in which respect for international law and the law of the European Union is rapidly losing ground, Paul Gragl advocates for the revival of legal monism as a solution to potentially irresolvable normative conflicts between different bodies of law. In this first comprehensive monograph on the theory as envisaged by the Pure Theory of Law of the Vienna School of Jurisprudence, the author defends legal monism against the competing theories of dualism and pluralism.

Drawing on philosophical, epistemological, legal, moral, and political arguments, this book argues that only monism under the primacy of international law takes the law and the concept of legal validity seriously. On a practical level, it offers policy-makers and decision-makers methods of dealing with current problems and a means to restore respect for international law and peaceful international relations. While having the potential to revive and elicit further interest and research in monism and the Pure Theory of Law, the comprehensiveness and scope of the book also make it a choice text for inter-disciplinary scholars.

About the Author 

Dr Paul Gragl is Reader in Public International Law and Theory at Queen Mary, University of London. His research interests include public international law, EU law, human rights, and legal theory as well as philosophy.