The Rise of the Corporate Legal Elite in the BRICS: Implications for Global Governance

Volume LIV Boston College Law Review 1149 (Symposium Issue June 2013)

HLS Program on the Legal Profession Research Paper No. 2013-7

36 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2013 Last revised: 25 Feb 2014

David B. Wilkins

Harvard University - Center on the Legal Profession

Mihaela Papa

Harvard Law School

Date Written: June 1, 2013

Abstract

Both international relations scholars interested in the future of global governance and sociologists of the legal profession studying the globalization of the legal services market are devoting increasing attention to rising powers, particularly the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). Yet very little of this rich literature addresses the intersection between these two theoretical domains. In this Article, we explore one such intersection that is likely to be increasingly important in the coming years: the role that the new corporate legal elite emerging within the BRICS countries will play in shaping global governance. We conceptualize three processes through which this new elite can exert its influence: participation in corporate legal networks, engagement in the integration of the legal industry and of the world economy generally, and facilitation of the global rule of capital. Based on the analysis of these processes in the BRICS context, this Article discusses the potential implications of this new corporate legal elite for global governance – both of the legal profession and of the world order generally. We conclude by proposing a research agenda for advancing scholarship at the intersection of international relations and the sociology of the legal profession.

Suggested Citation

Wilkins, David B. and Papa, Mihaela, The Rise of the Corporate Legal Elite in the BRICS: Implications for Global Governance (June 1, 2013). Volume LIV Boston College Law Review 1149 (Symposium Issue June 2013); HLS Program on the Legal Profession Research Paper No. 2013-7. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2292531

David B. Wilkins (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Center on the Legal Profession ( email )

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Mihaela Papa

Harvard Law School ( email )

1563 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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