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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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Jaakko Husa


Thomas Hobbes once argued that ‘[i]t is not wisdom, but authority that makes a law’.1 His point on wisdom is probably still valid, but in the age of globalisation the question of who or what makes law is more complex and unclear; what authority are we referring to? As was made clear in the introductory chapter, this book does not offer a competing definition of global law or other grand architectural vision of transnational law or of law and globalisation. In addition, an attempt to build a better system of international law for global governance is also outside its scope. Instead, the book has sought to provide a comprehensive and critical introductory review of the current state of legal globalisation and its various overlapping dimensions. This discussion is concluded in this final chapter by identifying key issues that legal scholars and lawyers confront when they deal with one or more of the dimensions of law and globalisation.

The chosen focus in this book also meant that several hugely important dimensions were not included: global economic problems, the disappearance of local traditions in the face of capitalist consumer culture, Western manufacturers moving to cheaper countries with much looser legal frameworks concerning workers’ rights and working conditions, and global warming, to mention but a few examples. Even though these issues were not directly assessed or discussed, they are interlinked and connected to a larger whole of globalising processes in which law, in a broad sense, plays an important role...

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