The latest developments in Gunther Teubner’s systems theory tackle the contradictions laid bare by contemporary constitutionalism, in that they shed light on the critical points of the traditional relationship between constitutions and social autonomies. Teubner’s vision focuses on the concept of social constitution, which establishes the basic principles of law, while at the same time organising the modes of legal production in each functional sector (politics, economy, religion etc.). In the absence of any impartial superior decision-making body, current legal systems are fragmented in a multitude of partial orders that reflect societal differentiation. The purpose of the processes of self-constitutionalisation that concern sectional interests is to guarantee pluralism and protect the autonomy of law, so as to defuse the risk of reductionist and totalitarian developments.
Keywords: Social constitutionalism - autopoiesis - social fragmentation - autonomy of the law