I. LAW AND POLITICS BETWEEN NATURE AND HISTORY.Comunidades indigenas y constitucion de 1991. / David Hume on legal obligation and sanction. / Rhetorics of legitimacy. / The catch 22 of legal regulation. A comminicative perspective on law. / Plato’s “nomoi”-Food for thought again? At the same time a look at H.Kelsen’s “the illusion of justice”. / Ancient and new sources of law: an east asian perspective. / Communitarianism versus liberalism on interpreting rights. / Political liberalism: politics, metaphysics or rhetoric? / The relation between epicurean physics and law: a hegelian reading. / The erosion of the liberal identity through communitarian critiques. / Sovereignty, law and majority: F.P.G. Guizot’s contribution. / Constitutional rights and democracy in the USA: the issue of judicial review. / An unexpected control of violence in the stateless society rapresented in the homeric poems. / The lockean proviso and libertarianism. / Poder judicial y sociedad en Mexico. Entre premoderno y postmoderno. / Republican legal systems. / National identity and migration policy: immigrants of greek descent and “others”. / Misleading traditions. On some misunderstandings about Plato’s and Aristotle’s legal philosophy. II. NATIONAL REPORTS. The state of legal theory research in the united kingdom in the mid -1990s. / Polish legal theory. An attempted overview. / Rechtsphilosophie in deutschland seit 1945. / Legal philosophy in Germany after World War II. / Jurisprudence in Belgium (1968-1993) / Italian legal hermeneutics. / Legal philosophy in Romania. Past and present. / The philosophy of existence and the law in Italy. / Italin natural law. / Contents of 17th IVR World Congress Proceedings.