Having explored aspects of law, justice to be administered as well as rule of law under limiting conditions, among others, in his book on 'Transition to rule of Law' On the Democratic Transformation in Hungary (Budapest 1995) and documentation on 'Coming to Terms with the Past under the Rule of L The German and Czech Models (Budapest 1994), Csaba Varga resumes now his interest on rule of law and change-over of laws, facing a criminal past and constitution remaking under the cover of adjudication activism, imposing doctrinism and the quest for own theories, all in writings of the present book, collected from the previous decade. Being sensitive of the issue why justice and legality has become antagonistic in the Constitutional Court marshalled new rule of law scheme in Hungary and how such scheme can survive at all if emptied from morality, his reflections are focused especially on universalism vs historical hic et nunc particularity of human ideas and institutions, on the vocation and nature, values and social preconditions of any rule of law, as well as on what in addition to merely formal certainty of the law is wanted for that the scheme itself can transform into liveable practice. International literature is assessed and reflected upon when applied to domestic and regional case studies and wide historical comparisons. Diagnosing change-over of past nihilism with recent fetishism of legal instrumentality, the outcome is a cry for own theorising potential within the challenge-and response paradigm, suitable to offer a prospective of historicity.
Published in 2008. In generally good clean condition. Of interest to historians.