The Pure Theory of Law was initially designed by Hans Kelsen (1881–1973) as a project of purification of legal science from factual elements and ideology which have no place within this science. Examining the problem of natural law played an important role in carrying out this project, which can be seen in Kelsen’s works collected in this book. This role is demonstrated against the background of Kelsen’s masterpiece of the classical period, Pure Theory of Law (first edition), and some late (after 1960) publications of this author. In this volume are also published several research works written by the leading Western specialists in Kelsen’s legal philosophy. This book can be useful for specialists in legal theory, philosophy of law, history of legal and political thought, for students learning these disciplines, as well for all those who are interested in methodological problems of legal science.
In the monograph in honor of the 60th anniversary of Professor of St. Petersburg State University Dr. Andrey V. Polyakov are collected works of Russian and foreign scholars devoted to theory of legal communication elaborated by Professor Polyakov, as well as to other topical issues of legal science related to that theory. The authors (Genevra Lukovskaya, Ilya Chestnov, Edoardo Fittipaldi, Elena Timoshina, Vladimir Lazarev, Vladimir Syrykh, Nikolay Vlasenko, Igor Nevvazhay, Alexey Ovchinnikov, Vadim Pavlov, Alexey Stovba and others) of the first volume analyze theory of legal communication; the second volume includes essays on some problematic issues of legal philosophy and jurisprudence related to theory of legal communication (including the works of Mark Van Hoecke, Eugenio Bulygin, Leonid Mamut, Vladimir Baranov, Bjarne Melkevik, Csaba Varga, Norbert Rouland, Igor Gryazin, Valentina Lapaeva, Natalia Varlamova, Alexander S. Alexandrov and others).