Global Legal Pluralism: A Jurisprudence of Law Beyond Borders (Introduction)

Paul Schiff Berman, GLOBAL LEGAL PLURALISM: A JURISPRUDENCE OF LAW BEYOND BORDERS, p. 3, Cambridge University Press, 2012

GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-12

GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2012-12

21 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2012  

Paul Schiff Berman

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: March 1, 2012

Abstract

We live in a world of legal pluralism, where a single act or actor is potentially regulated by multiple legal or quasi-legal regimes imposed by state, substate, transnational, supranational, and nonstate communities. Navigating these spheres of complex overlapping legal authority is inevitably confusing, and we cannot expect territorial borders to solve all the problems that arise because legal norms inevitably flow across such borders. At the same time, trying to create one universal set of legal rules is also often unsuccessful because the sheer variety of human communities and interests thwarts such efforts. Instead, we need an alternative jurisprudence, one that seeks to create or preserve spaces for productive interaction among multiple overlapping legal systems by developing procedural mechanisms, institutions, and practices that aim to manage, without eliminating, the legal pluralism we see around us. Such mechanisms, institutions, and practices can help mediate conflicts, and we may find that the added norms, viewpoints, and participants that are included actually produce better decision making, better adherence to those decisions by participants and non-participants alike, and ultimately better real-world outcomes. Global Legal Pluralism provides a broad synthesis across a variety of legal doctrines and academic disciplines and offers a novel conceptualization of law and globalization.

Keywords: legal systems, international law, international regimes, local, state, jurisdiction, globalization, pluralism, legal pluralism, nonstate actors, normative, legal norms, extraterritorial, cross-border law, hybrid law, hybridity, cosmopolitan, cosmopolitan pluralism, jurisgenerative, conflict of laws

JEL Classification: D7, H77, K1, K4

Suggested Citation

Berman, Paul Schiff, Global Legal Pluralism: A Jurisprudence of Law Beyond Borders (Introduction) (March 1, 2012). Paul Schiff Berman, GLOBAL LEGAL PLURALISM: A JURISPRUDENCE OF LAW BEYOND BORDERS, p. 3, Cambridge University Press, 2012; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-12; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2012-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2008769

Paul Schiff Berman (Contact Author)

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