ISSN 1829-4618

ARGUMENTATION OF THE SOURCE OF POWER, ITS FORMS AND THE STATE SOVEREIGNTY IN THE “CODE OF LAW OF ARMENIAN PEOPLE” BY MKHITAR GOSH

By: Lilit Sarvazyan, PHD, Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law, NAS RA

Philosopher, theologian, jurist, ecclesiastical and public-political figure Mkhitar Gosh (c. 1130-1213) has made a significant contribution to the history of Armenian medieval legal and political culture. Mkhitar Gosh's legislative activity was based on the idea of a sovereign and centralized statehood in Armenia, the implementation of which presupposed the solution of a number of issues, unification of internal and disbanded armed forces, cooperation of local authorities, neutralization of separatist-centric policy, mitigation of inter-class conflicts on the principle of justice, establishment of social harmony, influence of spiritual and moral ideology, etc. These problems are reflected in the “Code of Law” and were solved by the genius thinker on a philosophical and legal level.

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