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Философия и современное международное право

Антонов М. В., Перов В. Ю., Демина Л. А., Лисанюк Е. Н.

This article characterizes the main events of the Intentional Symposium “Philosophy and Contemporary International Law” which united philosophers, logicians and lawyers from Russia, the Western Europe, and Latin America. The authors of this paper analyze the presentations of the key-note speakers and give a brief account of the discussions which took place in panel sessions. The leading theme of this conference was the cooperation between scholars belonging to different scientific disciplines. It was argued that this cooperation could be fruitful for solving the urgent issues of international law. Almost all the participant unanimously acknowledged that dealing with such issues only in terms of purely formalist understanding of law does not lead to any considerable results. Therefore, it is vital to employ the ideas developed in ethics and in logics. At the same time, a better understanding of the specific character of international legal relations provides for new insights into the problems traditionally discussed in general legal theory, in social philosophy, and in the logic of norms. As for the last aspect, the conception of normative systems elaborated in the 1970s by the Argentinean scholars C.E. Alchourron and Eugenio Bulygin is an important achievement in the legal philosophy of the XXth century. Application of this conception to the problems of international law and to the complex issues of legal theory in general, reveals many advantages for the scientific research. However, certain facets of this conception provoke arduous discussions among legal scholars.