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Advanced Introduction to Law and Globalisation

Jaakko Husa

This Advanced Introduction offers a fresh critical analysis of various dimensions of law and globalisation, drawing on historical, normative, theoretical, and linguistic methodologies. Its comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach spans the fields of global legal pluralism, comparative legal studies, and international law.
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Educating lawyers

Jaakko Husa


Students dealing with problems that require considerations of multiple jurisdictions tend to form pluralistic legal minds contrary to the ‘mind fixing’ that takes place under the traditional curriculum.1Jan Smits

Legal globalisation, as is clear from the above chapters, is a multidimensional phenomenon that has various effects on human communities and their laws and other types of normativities. Much of it has to do with different sorts of legalities going beyond state law and traditional boundaries, which also affects legal scholarship and legal methodology as we saw in Part III. One such area that law and globalisation has an effect on is legal teaching and education. Why it has this effect, or why it should have, is easy to understand. Lawyers who can deal with global complexities and subtleties are needed. However, the need for global lawyers in our time is relatively recent. According to David S Clark, ‘[t]he relentless march of market capitalism in many parts of the world after the collapse of the Soviet Union stimulated an economic globalization that finds its counterpart in the need for world lawyers’.2

If today’s societies, corporations, and individuals are governed by a plurality of legalities which are interrelated and not ordered by a single body of rules, the obvious flaw is that the legal curricula around the globe are planned and organised on the basis of national legal systems. In practice this means that the main core of teaching is based on national legal systems using normally...

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