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From the Publisher"Berman shows with eloquent argument and abundant illustration why lawyers must engage with the increasingly transnational character of law. He makes a powerful case that the isolation of legal jurisdictions from each other is a thing of the past – We are fated to live in a hybrid, contested, constantly renegotiated legal world that ultimately has limited respect for national boundaries."
- Roger Cotterrell
Professor, Department of Law, Queen Mary, University of London
"This important book offers an intriguing analysis of the layered and overlapping nature of law under globalization. Using the framework of legal pluralism, Paul Berman’s engaging case studies show the nature of contemporary legal hybridity and its roots in globalization. He argues that legal hybridity offers opportunities as well as challenges. The book is essential reading for those seeking to understand globalization and law in the current moment."
- Sally Engle Merry
Professor, Department of Anthropology, New York University
"Paul Berman's book is essential reading for students and scholars of law and globalization. He provides one of the most compelling accounts of a modern predicament--the inescapability of overlapping formal and informal legal regimes that compete for our obedience and our affections. Berman powerfully argues not only for measures to manage this tension. He also provocatively argues that this tension can produce significant benefits, and he presents measures to achieve those values. Whether one agrees or disagrees with Berman, he has built a formidable intellectual framework with which anyone interested in the intersection of normative regimes must now grapple."
- Ryan Goodman
Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law, Professor of Politics & Sociology, Co-Chair, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, New York University School of Law
"This book offers a compelling framework for thinking about law in the wake of globalization...Global Legal Pluralism anchors a growing body of sometimes ethereal postnational thinking to the more familiar terrain of legal doctrine. This major contribution will help us process dynamic legal change in the global legal system"- Peter J. Spiro, Temple University Law School, The American Journal of International Law