The Constitution of the Conflict of Laws

Jacco Bomhoff

London School of Economics - Law Department

February 10, 2014

LSE Legal Studies Working Paper No. 4/2014

Private international law doctrines are often portrayed as natural, largely immutable, boundaries on local public agency in a transnational private world. Challenging this problematic conception requires a reimagining of the field, not only as a species of public law or an instrument of governance, but as a constitutional phenomenon. This paper investigates what such a ‘constitution of the conflict of laws’ could look like. Two features are given special emphasis. First: the idea of the conflict of laws as an independent source of constitutionalist normativity, rather than as a mere passive receptacle for constraints imposed by classical, liberal, constitutional law. And second: the possibility of a local, ‘outward-looking’ form of conflicts constitutionalism to complement more familiar, inwardly focused, federalist conceptions.

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Date posted: February 13, 2014  

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Bomhoff, Jacco, The Constitution of the Conflict of Laws (February 10, 2014). LSE Legal Studies Working Paper No. 4/2014. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2376171 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2376171

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London School of Economics - Law Department ( email )
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London WC2A 2AE, WC2A 2AE
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