Dr. Angela Condello

Universität Rom III

Angela CondelloCurriculum Vitae

Angela Condello wurde 1984 in Syrakus (Italien) geboren. Sie studierte Rechtswissenschaft an der Universität Turin und an der Universität Roma Tre, wo sie sich auf Völkerrecht und Rechtsvergleichung spezialisierte und mit ihrer Dissertation "Ana-logica" promovierte. Seit 2009 war Angela Condello wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Lehrstuhl für Rechtsphilosophie und Rechtssoziologie an der Universität Roma Tre (Prof. Dr. Eligio Resta). 2013 arbeitete sie für den Präsidenten der Kommission für Menschenrechte des italienischen Senats der Republik, Prof. Luigi Manconi.
In ihrer Forschung und Lehre konzentriert sich Angela Condello vor allem auf das Gebiet der Rechtsphilosophie. Zurzeit ist sie Co-Dozentin eines Seminars zur Evolution der Menschenrechtsparadigmen aus philosophischer und historischer Perspektive am Arcadia College of Italian Studies in Rom (gemeinsam mit der Rechtshistorikerin Dr. Stefania Gialdroni und in Zusammenarbeit mit der rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Roma Tre). Außerdem war sie Mitorganisatorin und ist Co-Dozentin des Law and the Humanities Kurses an der Universität Roma Tre (gemeinsam mit Prof. Dr. Emanuele Conte und Dr. Stefania Gialdroni). Seit 2008 lehrt Angela Condello zudem Rechtsphilosophie an der internationalen Universität Uninettuno. Außerdem ist sie gegenwärtig an dem in Brasilien angesiedelten internationalen Forschungsprojekt ENTRE A JURISDIÇÃO E A MEDIAÇÃO: O PAPEL POLÍTICO/SOCIOLÓGICO DO TERCEIRO NO TRATAMENTO DOS CONFLITOS beteiligt. Dr. Condello forschte an verschiedenen Universitäten und Forschungsinstituten, unter anderem am Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht in Heidelberg, an der École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, am Department of Philosophy und an der School of Law der University of California in Berkeley, sowie an der Australian National University in Canberra. Zuletzt war sie Stipendiatin der Max Planck Gesellschaft am Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht in Heidelberg.
Von Januar bis Dezember 2014 war Angela Condello Fellow des Käte Hamburger Kollegs "Recht als Kultur".


Exemplary Forms, Paradigmatic Forms: a Comparative Study of Types of Normativity between Law, Language and Culture

Law cannot be described solely by a formalized structure of logical form: it is, instead, constantly challenged by the redefinition of the relations between legal (but not only) thought and reality. This is the core thesis of my PhD dissertation and the theoretical basis of my current project.

Here, I am going to study the relationship(s) between legal normativity and other types of normativity. In order to do so, I intend to analyze the peculiar nature of legal normativity, by examining in the spaces of intersection – and the modes of interaction – between legal discourse and the discourse of social sciences, in particular by looking at the peculiar normativity of examples and paradigms.

Multiformity, Categorization, and the Normativity of the Law

Exemplary and paradigmatic forms are, for different reasons and in different ways, elements that constitute the hermeneutic parameters of a given context. What is it that specifies the characteristic force of these forms of generalization in the law? By starting from an interdisciplinary (but thematically coherent) reconstruction of the genealogy of “example” and “paradigm” in human thought - logic, rhetoric and political discourse, epistemology and phenomenology -, I will draw the conceptual and semantic frame of the book project. Exemplary forms are declined in many different types in legal culture: from the more evident, like jurisprudential precedents in Common Law and Civil Law systems, to more “discrete” but nevertheless relevant forms such as types, models, standards, and everything that stands instead of a norm ordinarily formulated.

Exemplarity, moreover, brings together the ordinary (cases that are already described by a norm, which provides for them) and the extreme (cases that challenge the normative order because they are not yet provided for by law). The normativity of the law, quite obviously, is constantly confronted with frictions between these two dimensions (extreme and ordinary, exceptional and regulated): legal norms are in fact forms that can be reproduced, because they are general and abstract. But this characteristic also constitutes a critical aspect of legal normativity, whose rationality cannot be reduced to a mere a priori scheme, universal and atemporal. The rationality of legal normativity is, instead, always influenced by the historical context. 

Exemplary Forms and paradigmatic Forms: Between Legal Theory and Practice

I start from an analysis of concrete cases drawn by different terrains. I consider how exemplars and paradigms interact with questions of juridical normativity and legal pluralism, when new and weaker forms of normativity emerge. This aspect of the research will be developed starting from the historical perspective: the category of “normativity”, e.g. what concerns modes of governance, needs a comprehensive understanding that links together the practices of legal pluralism and the philosophical remarks on exempla and paradigms. A core thesis is that exemplarity is widespread in the law as well as in the social sciences, as proved by the definition of Idealtypusthat Max Weber gave in the Methodology of the Social Sciences: "(…) an ideal type is formed by the one‐sided accentuation of one or more points of view and by the synthesis of a great many diffuse, discrete, more or less present and occasionally absent concrete individual phenomena, which are arranged according to those one-sidedly emphasized viewpoints into a unified analytical construct”.

The contemporary is the space of multiple narrations: a large part of the research will thus be consecrated to different “paradigmatic” phenomena in other semantic fields, such as for instance psychoanalysis (the Jungian archetypes, defined as “ancient or archaic images that derive from the collective unconscious”), linguistics (prototypes) and rhetoric – among others. A large part will be also dedicated to the connections between the law and Kant’s aesthetics, Peirce’s semiotics and Cassirer’s remarks on symbolic forms. This research project helps contribute to look towards a theory of multiplicities that can explain the plurality of practices from the perspective of theory. The aim is to show how cultural models themselves become paradigms that cross legal discourse and other cultural discourses, in particular with respect to the peculiar juridical ars combinatoria of structuring the multiversum into a universum (and vice versa) on the background.


  • Human Rights Between Nature and Convention, in: RegNet (Regulatory Institutions Network, Australian National University, Canberra) working papers series (SSRN), erscheint 2014.
  • Relevantly similar, analogous, paradigmatic. Analogical thinking and the structure of normative orders, in: C. Smith & H.J.R. Kaptein (Hg.), Analogy and Exemplary Reasoning in Legal Discourse (Ashgate 2014, im Erscheinen) - eine französische Übersetzung erscheint 2014 in Jurisprudence Révue Critique.
  • Diritto al lavoro e al reddito, in: Rapporto Biennale sui diritti in Italia, (Hg.) L. Manconi, S. Anastasia, erscheint 2014.
  • Diritti dei minori, in: Rapporto Biennale sui diritti in Italia, (Hg.) L. Manconi, S. Anastasia, erscheint 2014.
  • Polisemie della mediazione: alcune riflessioni a partire dalla radice med-, in F. Spengler, ACESSO À JUSTIÇA, JURISDIÇÃO E MEDIAÇÃO, organização de Fabiana Marion Spengler e Theobaldo Spengler Neto - Curitiba: Multideia, 2013, (S. 161-178).
  • Analogie: Théorie et pratique du raisonnement judiciaire, in: M. Boudot & M. Faure-Abbad (Hg.), Mélanges en hommage à Jean Beauchard, LGDJ, coll. Droit et Sciences Sociales, Faculté de droit de Poitiers, Juni 2013, (S. 441-454).
  • Analogia ed esemplarità nel discorso giuridico, in: Politica del diritto, XLIII, n. 2-3, Juni-September 2012, Il Mulino, November 2012, (S. 421-440).
  • Immigrazione e asilo in Italia nelle raccomandazioni degli organismi internazionali per i diritti umani, in: Larticolo Tre. Rapporto sullo stato dei diritti in Italia. Lampedusa non è un'isola. Profughi e migranti alle porte dell'Italia, (Hg.) L. Manconi and S. Anastasia, 2012 (S. 330-366).
  • Per esempio, in: Revista do Direito N° 35 Jan-Juni 2011 (S. 37-54).