In 1956, ICJ judge Philip Jessup highlighted the gaps between private and public international law and the need to adapt the law to border-crossing problems. Today, sixty years later, we still ask what role transnational law can play in a deeply divided, post-colonial world, where multinationals hold more power and more assets than many nation states. In searching for suitable answers to pressing legal problems such as climate change law, security, poverty and inequality, questions of representation, enforcement, accountability and legitimacy become newly entangled. As public and private, domestic and international actors compete for regulatory authority, spaces for political legitimacy have become fragmented and the state's exclusivist claim to be law's harbinger and place of origin under attack. Against this background, transnational law emerges as a conceptual framework and method laboratory for a critical reflection on the forms, fora and processes of law making and law contestation today.
Legal scholars, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists and cultural theorists offer critical engagements with transnational law and regulatory governance across a wide range of issues. . . Explores the concept, theory and pedagogy of transnational law and its development into the present. . . Contributions offer intriguing insights into the history and idea of transnational law and argue for its relevance as a critical framework for the study of law in a global context
My own contribution (pre-publication), "The 'Cri de Jessup' Sixty Years Later: Transnational Law’s Intangible Objects and Abstracted Frameworks," may be accessed here.
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