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Sociology of public law

General details of the subject

Face-to-face degree course

Teaching staff

NameInstitutionCategoryDoctorTeaching profileAreaE-mail
BARBERO GONZALEZ, IKERUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado AgregadoDoctorBilingualAdministrative
FERNANDEZ , CRISTINAUniversidad de A CoruñaOtrosDoctor


comprender la distinción derecho público/privado y la difuminación de esta distinción40.0 %
Comprender la distinción según los distintos sistemas jurídicos comparados y las culturas jurídicas20.0 %
Conocer cómo los cambios sociales afectan a una institución jurídica concreta.20.0 %
Manejo de los conocimientos adquiridos en los cursos sobre culturas jurídicas comparadas, sociología del derecho y teoría social para entender una institución concreta de derecho público o de derecho privado20.0 %

Study types

TypeFace-to-face hoursNon face-to-face hoursTotal hours

Training activities

NameHoursPercentage of classroom teaching
Case analysis20.0100 %
Discussion5.0100 %
Text analysis20.0100 %
Written discussion of a topic30.010 %

Assessment systems

NameMinimum weightingMaximum weighting
Attendance and participation50.0 % 50.0 %
Evaluation by means of the presentation of projects50.0 % 50.0 %
Written examination50.0 % 50.0 %


The Constitution of Society, or Society of Constitutions?: on political, legal and sociological conceptualizations of constitutionalism

The Constitutional State as Social Organization: on structural coupling between power and legality

Constitutionalism and Nationalism: on cultural symbolism of modern constitutions

Constitutional Rights: a sociological perspective


Compulsory materials

Nico Krisch, Beyond Constitutionalism: The Pluralist Structure of Postnational Law (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010) chapters 1 and 2

Martin Loughlin, `What is Constitutionalisation?¿ in Petra Dobner and Martin Loughlin (eds) The Twilight of Constitutionalism? (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010) 47-72

Niklas Luhmann, Law as a Social System (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004) 357-380

Chris Thornhill, A Sociology of Constitutions: Constitutional and State Legitimacy in Historical-Sociological Perspective (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011) 88-110

Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (London: Verso, 1983) ch. 1

Ji¿í P¿ibá¿, Legal Symbolism: on law, time and European identity (Aldershot, Ashgate, 2007) 25-46

Paul Berman, Global Legal Pluralism: A Jurisprudence of Law beyond Borders (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010) 141-151

Daniel Levy and Natan Sznaider, ¿Sovereignty transformed: a sociology of human rights¿, The British Journal of Sociology 57(4) (2006), 657-76

Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Towards a New Legal Common Sense. 2nd edition. (London, Butterworths, 2002) 458-471

Kaarlo Tuori, `The Many Constitutions of Europe¿ in Kaarlo Tuori and Sankari Suvi (eds) The Many Constitutions of Europe (Aldershot, Ashgate, 2010) 3-30

Neil Walker, `Post-Constituent Constitutionalism? The Case of the European Union¿ in Martin Loughlin and Neil Walker (eds), The Paradox of Constitutionalism: Constituent Power and Constitutional Form (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2007) 247-267

In-depth bibliography

GP Callies and P Zumbansen, Rough Consensus and Running Code: A Theory of Transnational Private Law (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2010)

M Delmas¿Marty: Ordering Pluralism. A Conceptual Framework for Understanding the Transnational Legal World (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2009)

Anthony Giddens, The Nation-State and Violence: Volume Two of A Contemporary Critique of Historical Materialism (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1985)

D Held, Democracy and the Global Order: From Modern State to Cosmopolitan Governance (Stanford CA.: Stanford University Press, 1995)

C Joerges, IJ Sand and G Teubner (eds) Transnational Governance and Constitutionalism (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2004)

P Kjaer, Constitutionalism in the Global Realm: A Sociological Approach (Oxon, Routledge, 2014)

JN Rosenau and EO Czempiel, Governance without Government: order and change in world politics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992).

D Sciulli, Theory of Societal Constitutionalism: foundations of a non-Marxist critical theory (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1992)

G Teubner (ed), Global Law Without a State (Aldershot, Dartmouth, 1997)


REVISTA Roger Cotterrell, `Transnational Communities and the Concept of Law¿ (2008) 21 Ratio Juris, 1-18

REVISTA John Griffith, `What is Legal Pluralism?¿ (1986) 24 Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, 1-55

REVISTA Brian Tamanaha, `The Folly of the ¿Social Scientific¿ Concept of Legal Pluralism¿, (1993) 20 Journal of Law and Society, 192-217

Context, 189-202 . Available at:

REVISTA H Lindahl, `European Integration: Popular Sovereignty and a Politics of Boundaries¿ 6(3) European Law Journal (2000) 239-56

REVISTA SE Merry, `Legal Pluralism¿ (1998) 22(5) Law and Society Review, 869-896


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