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Interview with Professor Neil Walker Global Law: Another Case of the Emperor’s Clothes?

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This chapter presents an interview with Professor Neil Walker on global law. In this interview, Professor Neil Walker introduces the reader to his thoughts on the global law debate and concludes that global law is certainly more than just another case of the Emperor's clothes. He coined the term 'late sovereignty' to describe the 'newly emerging global legal configuration'. Transnational law is law that crosses states, where it is not necessarily mediated by the states. The only supranational organisation which even comes close to making any kind of democratic claim is probably the European Union (EU), except that one knows that it is constantly criticised for its democratic deficit. Constitutional pluralism is a notion which originated in the European context. Walker understands the significance of common law precedent, custom, parliamentary sovereignty, far more, by seeing it in sharp relief against the alternatives.

Keywords: constitutional pluralism; Emperor's clothes; European Union (EU); global law; global legal configuration; Neil Walker; parliamentary sovereignty; transnational law



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