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Vol 24 No 1 Jan/Feb 2019

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Globalisation, Law and the State

ISBN13: 9781509930197
To be Published: June 2019
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2017)
Price: £25.00
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9781509903528

This book begins – as is customary in globalisation literature – with an acknowledgement of the definitional difficulties associated with globalisation.

Rather than labour the point, the book identifies some economic, political and cultural dimensions to the phenomenon and uses these to analyse existing and emerging challenges to State-centric/territorial models of law and governance.

It surveys three areas that are typically associated with globalisation – financial markets, the internet, and public contracts – as well as commerce more generally, the environment, fundamental rights, and national governance.

On this basis it considers how global legal norms are formed, how they enmesh with the norms of other legal orders, and how they create pressure for legal harmonisation. This in turn leads to an analysis of the corresponding challenges that globalisation presents to traditional notions of sovereignty and the models of public law that have grown from them.

While some of the themes addressed here will be familiar to students of the European process (there are prominent references to the European experience throughout the book), the book provides a clear insight into how the sovereign space of States and their legal orders is diminishing and being replaced by an altogether more fluid system of intersecting orders and norms.

This is followed by analysis of the theory and practice of the globalisation of law, and suggesting that the workings of law in the global era can be best be conceived of in terms of networks that link together a range of actors that exist above, below and within the State, as well as on either side of the public-private divide.

The whole is an immensely valuable, innovative and concise study of globalisation and its effect on law and the state.

Constitutional and Administrative Law
1. The Law as Influenced by Globalisation
I. What Is Globalisation?
II. The Globalisation of Law
2. Areas of Legal Globalisation
I. Three Characteristic Examples
II. The Key Areas of Legal Globalisation
3. The Mechanics of Legal Globalisation
I. Normative Processes
II. Systemic Relations
4. Power and Legitimacy in the Global Legal Sphere
I. The State and Legal Globalisation
II. The Development of New Legal Forms of International Governance under Globalisation
III. Globalisation and Territorial Pluralism: the Global–Local Dialogue
IV. The Legal Dimension of Multi-layered Governance
V. Citizenship, Democracy and Constitutionalisation in the Global Legal Space
VI. Legal Globalisation and the Imperatives of the Rule of Law
VII. Public Affairs, General Interest and Public Goods under Legal Globalisation
5. How the Global Legal Sphere Operates
I. The Role Played by the Law in Globalisation
II. Globalisation and Legal Practice
III. Regulating Legal Globalisation
IV. Theories on the General Operation of Global Law
6. The Structure of the Global Law under Construction
I. Globalisation and the Distinction between International Law and Domestic Law
II. Globalisation and the Public–Private Divide
7. The Implications of Globalisation for Public Law
I. The Implications of Globalisation for Public International Law
II. The Implications of Globalisation for National Public Law
III. Globalisation's Influence on Relations between National Public Laws