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What I talk about when I talk about Global Law

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This chapter sketches what the author means when the author talks about 'global law', finishing up with a brief consideration of what the author thinks responsibilities are, as legal scholars, when one engages in such talk. In this characterisation, 'global law' forms part of a narrative of progression, as a system of law in which 'global law' occupies the apex of the legal pyramid. The term that has most often been used to describe the changes to the legal landscape has been transnational law. Transnational law, unlike international law, recognises the increasing importance of private or non-state and sub-state type actors in cross-border relationships; at the same time, it is not limited to private transactions, but includes the interaction between public and private actors in networks of regulation. 'Global law' cannot be reduced to 'law' in the singular or to a single 'map'.

Keywords: cross-border relationships; global law; international law; legal landscape; legal scholars; transnational law



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