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Globalism has fuelled an extraordinary shift in the nature of international law and lawmaking. Contemporary international law has expanded far beyond its classical state-centred dimensions, such as territorial boundaries, war and diplomacy, to regulate matters affecting how people conduct their daily affairs. Globalisation has revealed gaps where neither municipal nor international law applies, prompting responses by State and non-state actors to rectify or exploit them. This has stimulated new areas of regulation, innovative methods of lawmaking and resistance to such developments. Globality insists on looking beyond the traditional vision of international law on a flat, horizontal plane to reconfigure theoretical foundations to reflect dynamic multidimensional realities. This is the introduction chapter of first part of the book, which explores the significance of 'global governance,' global civil society (GCS) and 'international lawmaking' in contemporary international law scholarship and why these concepts have emerged.

Keywords: global civil society (GCS); global governance; globalisation; international law; international lawmaking



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