The books that every lawyer should read

One of the particularities of Law as a science and as a discipline is the thematic scope that its practitioners face. Its exercise in different areas (litigation, teaching, research or the judiciary) eventually has relationships with all knowledge. Suffice to make a brief review by some sentences of the high courts in ordinary or constitutional matters, to observe the multiple connections that in specific cases has the Law with the Economy, History, Philosophy and, even, with Engineering.

In this sense, to be properly trained as an integral lawyer, as a jurist, the readings must transcend the codes, the sentences and the doctrine in each area. The processes of globalization that are currently taking place in the world in an intense way, without a doubt, transform the Law and, in particular, Constitutional Law, due to the configuration and interpretation of the set of fundamental rights and principles of a moral nature that make up the Constitutions.

The globalization of Law, which has created and intensified particular patterns of development for Constitutional Law, is an unquestionable and irreversible phenomenon. It has been extending and consolidating a “generic constitutional right”, in the words of David Law, that is, a body of constitutional theory, methodology and doctrine that does not belong exclusively to any jurisdiction. It is a local canon, which is related to norms, principles, judicial institutions and theories that have acquired particular relevance in the creation and development of Law, as well as in local research agendas.

This phenomenon has made legal training more complex and has made present, perhaps never before in history, the familiar idea that the irremediable destiny of a good lawyer is to remain active in his readings, one of the main sources, if not the most, of the legal knowledge Intellectual restlessness and avid reading are virtues that should accompany a good lawyer throughout his life.