Relationships in Law: is there a space for fraternity?

International Conference - Castel Gandolfo (Rome), November 18-20, 2005

The isolated individual is often considered the basic component of modern society. This makes it difficult to fully appreciate and support relationships as a pervasive dimension of social life. The law is seen as an instrument to resolve conflicts between isolated individuals. But does it really achieve that goal?

Lawyers and legal professionals are often in contact with the multifaceted tensions that emerge from broken relationships. They have experienced how legal systems themselves are unable to effectively cope with or heal these complex problems.

Over time, jurisprudential reflection on the principles of liberty and equality has strengthened individual rights. But these principles alone are not strong enough to safeguard social and community relations. Until recently that third dimension, the principle of fraternity, has not been a focal point of reflection for the law. This conference aims to remedy that gap through theoretical and practical reflection on the role of fraternity in our legal systems and in our society as a whole.

The conference, attended by over 700 participants, touched upon several areas of the law, with sessions dedicated to civil, administrative, criminal, constitutional and international law.

Speakers were from various countries in Europe, South and North America, with representatives from Asia and Africa as well. Participants included the President of the Italian Association of Judges, Dr. Ciro Riviezzo, whose concluding remarks emphasized the conference’s impact on legal culture.

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