Georg Jellinek, a Liberal Political Thinker against Despotic Rule (1885–1898)*
Georg Jellinek is commonly thought of as one of the most prominent representatives of German legal positivism. In this article I look at Georg Jellinek not only as a legal theorist, but also as a political thinker of liberal inspiration. In this sense, I seek to show some key continuities and connections between the fundamental aspects of his legal, positivistic theory and his political vision of liberal inspiration, and between his stay in Vienna and his move to Germany.
Keywords: legal positivism, liberalism, sovereignty, fundamental rights, limits of power.
Georg Jellinek as a Political Thinker: Introducing the Personage