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The Lighthouse of Law

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The global law gains some of the function the ius commune of late-medieval Europe had: that of a lighthouse to which all the ships and boats of local law have to steer to. The lighthouse of the ius commune was indeed vested on the foundational authority of the Justinian codification and built from the bricks and marble taken from it, but ultimately, it was built by generations of medieval and early-modern legal scholars who believed in the ideal of 'their' learned law and pragmatically framed it to the needs of their time. The debate on the globalization of law is also extremely relevant because under this flag one can catch some of the main challenges legal practice, legal education and legal scholarship face today. It is a paradigm which is premised on the sovereign State's claim to a monopoly on law making and law enforcement.

Keywords: global law; globalization; ius commune; Justinian codification; law enforcement; legal education; legal practice; legal scholarship; lighthouse



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