Law after Modernity (Book)

Hart Publishing Oxford (2013)

Posted: 23 Nov 2014

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Sionaidh Douglas-Scott

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law; Queen Mary University of London

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

How can we characterise law and legal theory in the twenty-first century? Law After Modernity argues that we live in an age 'after Modernity' and that legal theory must take account of this fact. The book presents a dynamic analysis of law, which focusses on the richness and pluralism of law, on its historical embeddedness, its cultural contingencies, as well as acknowledging contemporary law's global and transnational dimensions.

However, Law After Modernity also warns that the complexity, fragmentation, pluralism and globalisation of contemporary law may all too easily perpetuate injustice. In this respect, the book departs from many postmodern and pluralist accounts of law. Indeed, it asserts that the quest for justice becomes a crucial issue for law in the era of legal pluralism, and it investigates how it may be achieved.

The approach is fresh, contextual and interdisciplinary, and, unusually for a legal theory work, is illustrated throughout with works of art and visual representations, which serve to re-enforce the messages of the book.

Keywords: legal theory, transnational law, law and the image, legal pluralism, human rights, legal philosophy

Suggested Citation

Douglas-Scott, Sionaidh, Law after Modernity (Book) (2013). Hart Publishing Oxford (2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2528795

Sionaidh Douglas-Scott (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Queen Mary University of London ( email )

School of Economics and Finance
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London, E1 4NS
United Kingdom

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