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Inter-Public Legality or Post-Public Legitimacy? Global Governance and the Curious Case of Global Administrative Law as a New Paradigm of Law

International Journal of Constitutional Law, 2012

Warwick School of Law Research Paper No. 2012/07

45 Pages Posted: 29 Feb 2012 Last revised: 27 Sep 2016

Ming-Sung Kuo

University of Warwick School of Law

Date Written: February 29, 2012

Abstract

This article aims to explore the impact of global governance on legal thinking by studying the case of global administrative law. Tracing global governance at the core of the international rule of law movement to the restructuring of legal landscape, I suggest that global administrative law underpinned by the underlying values of administrative law reflects a deliberately chosen approach to the new nomos of the earth in the global era. Distanced from the will of nation-states, the legality and legitimacy of global administrative are reconstructed around the idea of publicness, suggesting a new paradigm of law based on inter-public legality. I argue that under this new paradigm of law, political calculation displaces legal reasoning. Legality amounts to the dispensation of legal weight and is thus merged with politics. Given the non-public, interest-oriented character of dialogues in the politics of weighing, however, global administrative law suggests a post-public conception of legitimacy.

Keywords: global governance, global nomos, post-public legitimacy, inter-public legality, paradigm of law, publicness, resolutional balancing, accommodational balancing, global administrative law

Suggested Citation

Kuo, Ming-Sung, Inter-Public Legality or Post-Public Legitimacy? Global Governance and the Curious Case of Global Administrative Law as a New Paradigm of Law (February 29, 2012). International Journal of Constitutional Law, 2012; Warwick School of Law Research Paper No. 2012/07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2013079

Ming-Sung Kuo (Contact Author)

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United Kingdom

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