A Pragmatic Approach to Global Law

18 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2013

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Benoit Frydman

Perelman Centre for Legal Philosophy; Sciences Po School of Law

Date Written: August 19, 2013


Global Law entails not only a change of the scope of legal rules but a fundamental change of the forms, the dispositives and the institutions that contribute to create and enforce global norms. Globalization challenges the tools and methods of classical legal thought and practice as well as our concept of law. This paper presents the main results of the empirical research that has been carried out at the Perelman Centre for the last fifteen years in various fields of globalization, like financial markets, internet regulation, corporate social responsibility and transnational human rights litigation. It analyses several "UNOs" (Unidentified Normative Objects), the global "struggle for law" between competing actors and the new global "points of control". It summarizes the methodological principles of the pragmatic approach of global law by the Brussels School of Jurisprudence (BSJ).

Keywords: global law, Brussels School of Jurisprudence, Pragmatism, Legal Theory, Globalization, Global Governance

Suggested Citation

Frydman, Benoit, A Pragmatic Approach to Global Law (August 19, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2312504 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2312504

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