Law of the Worlds - Towards an Inter-Systemic Theory

RECHT ZWISCHEN DOGMATIK UND THEORIE: MARC AMSTUTZ ZUM 50 GEBURTSTAG, pp. 159 - 75, Stefan Keller und Stefan Wiprächtiger, eds., Zürich: Dike Verlag, 2012

18 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2012 Last revised: 23 Feb 2012

Date Written: January 11, 2012

Abstract

Departing from systems theory, Marc Amstutz has developed a refined theory of world law. In the course of developing this theory he has, however, reformulated or changed the status of a number of central system theoretical concepts, including the concepts of (co-)evolution, interpenetration and function. At first glance, these changes appear to be relatively inconsequential but at second glance they amount to a radical reformulation of systems theory because the focus is systematically shifted away from system internal processes and towards inter-systemic processes. Although Amstutz departs from a legal perspective, his theory is in fact projecting a mirror image of the wider society. Amstutz has, in other words, not just developed a theory of world law, but rather a central contribution to a novel inter-systemic theory of society as such.

Keywords: globalization, global law, world law, legal transfer, evolution, inter-systemic, legal theory, interpenetration, world society, Luhmann, cognitive expectations, normative expectations, systems theory, post-structuralism, morality, inter-legality, Marc Amstutz

Suggested Citation

Kjaer, Poul F., Law of the Worlds - Towards an Inter-Systemic Theory (January 11, 2012). RECHT ZWISCHEN DOGMATIK UND THEORIE: MARC AMSTUTZ ZUM 50 GEBURTSTAG, pp. 159 - 75, Stefan Keller und Stefan Wiprächtiger, eds., Zürich: Dike Verlag, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1984568 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1984568

Poul F. Kjaer (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School ( email )

Solbjerg Plads 3
Frederiksberg C, DK - 2000
Denmark

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