Globalization's Law: Transnational, Global or Both?

Forthcoming in The Global Community: Yearbook of International Law & Jurisprudence 2015 (Oxford University Press)

Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 384

21 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2015 Last revised: 17 Dec 2015

Date Written: November 30, 2015

Abstract

This essay argues that the numerous competing accounts of law’s globality can be usefully sorted into two rubrics, transnational law and global law. By distinguishing law as output and process from law as system and architecture, the essay argues that globalization’s law is both transnational and global, using the analogy to light’s simultaneous nature as wave and particle. After a brief inquiry into globalization and the relevant social and institutional dynamics affecting law, the essay explores “transnational law” and “global law” as conceptual responses to such changes. Accounts of transnational law are best understood as post-modernist socio-legal analyses of law’s contextual normativity, whereas global law accounts are more teleological and modernist, aiming to characterize the emerging valence and architecture of law in a global space. Both understandings are necessary, together with international and domestic law and global justice principles, for a complete understanding of law in a global space.

Keywords: global law, transnational law, transnational legal pluralism, global justice, global legal theory, legal pluralism, law and society, international law

Suggested Citation

Garcia, Frank Joseph, Globalization's Law: Transnational, Global or Both? (November 30, 2015). Forthcoming in The Global Community: Yearbook of International Law & Jurisprudence 2015 (Oxford University Press); Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 384. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2695561 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2695561

Frank Joseph Garcia (Contact Author)

Boston College - Law School ( email )

885 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02459-1163
United States

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