The re-reading of Massimo D’Antona’s essay on art. 39 of the Italian Constitution, intends to trace the cultural itinerary and the methodological approach followed by D’Antona in the drawing up of his last writing. The aim of this re-reading is to analyse the contents of the essay and at the same time reconstruct his intellectual biography. The idea is to point out to junior researchers the cultural, technical, methodological and intellectual approach of a distinguished scholar and lawyer, who was also engaged in a very important process of political and institutional reforms. On the contents side, the re-reading underlines what is the most original contribution of alternative constitutional interpretation of article 39 of Constitution. In his essay D’Antona suggests a possible axiological oriented reading of the second part of article 39. The open-ended interpretation of the norm allows to get over his traditional division in two legal blocks (equiordinazione interferente). The second part of the Constitutional provision is interpreted not more through a strict legal approach (the collective agreement as source of law), but just starting from the organizational dynamics of trade unions (the power of representation). D’Antona’s intuitive and argumentative style is put forward, through the memories of his pupils, building on the "hard core" of his last scholarly contribution.
Keywords: Article 39 of Italian Constitution; Constitutional Interpretation; Trade unions; Workers’ representation; Legal method; Coverage of collective agreements