General Jurisprudence: Understanding Law from a Global Perspective

GENERAL JURISPRUDENCE: UNDERSTANDING LAW FROM A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE, Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming

10 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2009

Date Written: October 16, 2009

Abstract

This book explores how globalisation influences the understanding of law. Adopting a broad concept of law and a global perspective, it critically reviews mainstream Western traditions of academic law and legal theory. Its central thesis is that most processes of so-called ‘globalisation’ take place at sub-global levels and that a healthy cosmopolitan discipline of law should encompass all levels of social relations and the legal ordering of these relations. It illustrates how the mainstream Western canon of jurisprudence needs to be critically reviewed and extended to take account of other legal traditions and cultures. Written by one of the foremost scholars in the field, this important work presents an exciting alternative vision of jurisprudence. It challenges the traditional canon of legal theorists and guides the reader through a field undergoing seismic changes in the era of globalisation. This is essential reading for all students of jurisprudence and legal theory.

• Presents a coherent overview of the implications of globalisation for academic law and legal theory and a new vision of post-millennium general jurisprudence

• Provides a critical introduction to the new generation of legal theorists concerned with globalisation and introduces four (neglected) southern-hemisphere jurists

• Links mainstream jurists, such as Bentham, Hohfeld, Hart and Rawls, to the global context, thus offering a stimulating and provoking view of jurisprudence that challenges mainstream theories from a global perspective

Keywords: Jurisprudence, Legal Theory, Legal History, Philosophy of Law

JEL Classification: Law in Context

Suggested Citation

Twining, William Lawrence, General Jurisprudence: Understanding Law from a Global Perspective (October 16, 2009). GENERAL JURISPRUDENCE: UNDERSTANDING LAW FROM A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE, Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1490104

William Lawrence Twining (Contact Author)

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

Gower St
London WC1E OEG, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

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