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Hans Kelsen was one of the most significant legal scholars of the 20th century. His work has been studied wherever legal theory is studied. Kelsen was a theorist and philosopher who renewed legal positivism and found new answers to the fundamental question of how law is to be constructed and understood. He gained a worldwide reputation for his ‘pure theory of law’ (Reine Rechtslehre)—a view of law ‘purified of all political ideology and all elements of natural sciences’. A substantial part of his work of the 1930s and 1940s was devoted to then-pressing problems of international law, in particular the maintenance of international peace through international organizations and international courts.
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