Cómo aborda el pensamiento de H. Kelsen las cuestiones relacionadas con la identidad nacional

  1. J. Alberto del Real Alcalá
Anuario de la Facultad de Derecho

ISSN: 1888-3214

Year of publication: 2015

Issue: 8

Pages: 83-105

Type: Article

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  • Year 2015
  • Journal Impact: 0.170
  • Field: DERECHO MULTIDISCIPLINAR Quartile: C1 Rank in field: 12/66
  • Field: DERECHO Quartile: C2 Rank in field: 72/324


  • Social Sciences: D


The proposal of the austrian jurist Han Kelsen regarding national identity and the nation state falls within her de-ideologising (purifying) conception of the state and of the law. The non-substantialist focus of the national question is implicit in her thinking. She only addresses this question in the legal-formal sense: as within the scope of the personal validity of the law, and as a set of legal rules that formally bind the individual with the law of a state. The bond of the citizen is with the state and its law, and this results in the legal-formal bond of nationality. In this sense, it might be said that issues of national identity in Kelsen's thinking is reduced to mere legal form: to the legal-formal bond of holding a passport. The points of view of J. Habermas, L. Ferrajoli and J. Keane on this issue -each with their nuances and within their specific fields- largely take Kelsen's Kantian-based approach.