The Nomos of the Earth in the International Law of the Jus Publicum Europaeum. Carl Schmitt. Translated and Annotated by G. L. Ulmen. As Carl Schmitt lays out in The Nomos of the Earth, the establishment of a jus publicum europaeum that created guidelines for limiting war between European . Reilly, John J. () “Carl Schmitt, The Nomos of the Earth in the International Law Carl Schmitt () was a German jurist who bears.

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Carl Schmitt

In Schmitt’s view, the European sovereign state was the greatest achievement of Occidental rationalism; in becoming the principal agency of secularization, the European state created the modern age. Academic Tools How to cite this entry.

See for Schmitt’s life and career: In order to establish a permanent need for political authority, negative political anthropology must be given a theological reading bomos portrays the dangerous nature of man as an irrevocable result of original sin. Bendersky ; Balakrishnan ; Mehring According to Schmitt, liberal constitutionalists typically hold that all legitimate particular dchmitt of state must apply general legal norms, so that people are subject only to the determinate and predictable demands of the law, not to the potentially arbitrary authority nmos persons PT 18—26; see also CT —96, CPD 33— May 29, John Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rather, third parties will be seen to have a duty to side with those who fight justly DK 26— Rather, it is always the result of an act of identification.

Nevertheless, the need for sovereign decision will be greatest in a society torn by serious ideological or social conflict.

The value of political equality, then, explains why certain forms of will formation are considered to be more intimately associated with the idea of democracy than others CT —5. PT 33—4 But that ghe legal system, through its norms of competence, provides for the authoritative interpretation of its material legal norms hardly entails that it must contain a sovereign in the traditional understanding of that term.


A sovereign’s tthe on this issue, however, must be responsive to prevailing social attitudes.

It is wrong, therefore, to regard a constitution as nothing more than the set of all particular constitutional norms, tye to assume that all these norms are equally subject to constitutional amendment. Schmitt argues that it would be wrong to treat such particular constitutional norms as possessing ths same normative force as the people’s decision for a concrete form of political existence, which is expressed in the basic principles implicit in the constitution.

One speaks of the constitution of a country or a piece of earth as of its fundamental order, its Nomos. The political distinction between friend and enemy is not reducible to these other distinctions or, for that matter, to any particular distinction — be it linguistic, ethnic, cultural, religious, etc. And in this limited sense, Schmitt is right to appeal to Hobbes’s dictum that it is authority and not truth that makes the law.

Rulers in this system could acquire land and make war, but it MUST of necessity be a religious war- there is no other kind of war at this time.

Since a democratic constitution schmit a unilateral determination, on the part of an already existing people, of the concrete form of its political existence, the people’s constituent power must be inalienable. The reading isn’t light, but Schmitt is a clear thinker and expresses himself in a way that the advanced layman should have no trouble understanding.

Carl Schmitt (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Quotes from The Nomos of the Lists with This Book. Axtmann Schmitt’s suggestion, however, that the preservation of the political as he understands it is a necessary condition of legitimate domestic and international legality seems rather hard to swallow in light of the catastrophic experiences of the 20th century. While this may appear Euro-superior or nationalistic in some way, it is actually indicative of his conception of how the international order works: It can exist only where it has become possible to take a sovereign decision on the exception in the name of the people.


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The Nomos of the Earth: In the International Law of the Jus Publicum Europaeum

But a strong case has been made that Schmitt’s anti-liberal jurisprudence, as well as his fervent anti-semitism, disposed him to support the Nazi regime Dyzenhaus85—; Scheuerman Schmitt believes that political enmity can have many different origins. But there can be little doubt that his preferred cure turned out to be infinitely worse than the disease. Some interpreters have explained Schmitt’s hostility towards liberal de-politicization as being grounded in the view that a willingness to distinguish between friend and enemy is a theological duty Mehring ; Meier ; Groh, What is more, the constitutional order he is to create is to be considered as legitimate since it rests on the people’s right to give itself a constitution CT —9.

In contrast, the statesman does not stand as far above the people he governs as does the shepherd above his flock.

Jeremiah Carter rated it really liked it Jan 02, It is impossible to anticipate the nature of future emergencies and to determine in advance what means might be necessary to deal with them.

But modern legal systems typically contain norms of competence in addition to material norms.