Pedro Dorado Montero: A Transitioning Figure


  • José Franco-Chasán


The current article focuses in one of Spain’s most neglected authors: Pedro Dorado Montero. It explores his professional, scholarly career with a special emphasis on the various national and international influences he received when designing his unique theory of Criminal law, the so-called ‘Protective Law of the Criminals’. The expression ‘transitioning figure’ is not a simple frill; it helps to describe two key aspects. The first one is that he acts as a clamp between the two centuries (19th and 20th). Usually, scientific literature overlooks the fact that it is far complex to carry out a functioning transition of two very different momentums in the history of ideas. The second one points out his cryptic ability to give the illusion of equidistance in a two-faced debate while, in reality, he changes the grounding conditions of both postures, leaving them exactly in the same base arguments (as much as they might differ in the shallow aspects). Thanks to him, absolute theories were impaired and they would never hold the same meaning they had back in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.


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José Franco-Chasán. (2020). Pedro Dorado Montero: A Transitioning Figure. GLOSSAE. Revista De Historia Del Derecho Europeo, (17), pp. 353–395. Recuperado a partir de