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The legal positivism of Hans Kelsen and the Brazilian Constituent Assembly of 1933-1934

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The legal positivism of Hans Kelsen and the Brazilian Constituent Assembly of 1933-1934


The Constituent Assembly started in 1933, and at the time was part of the troubled political context of the beginning of the Vargas Government and the Constitutional Revolution of 1932. In the course of these events, jurists Flávio da Silveira and Romam Poznanski requested the renowned Austrian legal philosopher Hans Kelsen to prepare a legal opinion about Vargas government’s – self-proclaimed interim government – a decree that founded and established limitations to the Constituent Assembly. The legal opinion remains relevant till today, because it shows a practical application of the theories that Kelsen defended throughout his life, especially the legal positivism and the prevalence of international law over domestic law. Mario G. Losano, Emeritus Professor at the University del Piemonte Oriental Piedmont “Amedeo Avogadro”, wrote an article about the history and importance of the document. This article was translated to Portuguese by Bruno Fernandes Dias, and hence published in the journal Revista Direito e Práxis.

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LOSANO, Mario. O parecer de Hans Kelsen de 1933 sobre a Assembleia Nacional Constituinte do Brasil – Parecer em alemão, espanhol e italiano. Revista Direito e Práxis, vol. 07, n. 14, 2016, p. 624-648. Disponível em <www.e-publicacoes.uerj.br/index.php/revistaceaju/article/view/22957/16496>.

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