We live in a world of legal pluralism, where a single act or actor is potentially regulated by multiple legal or quasi-legal regimes imposed by state, substate, transnational, supranational, and nonstate communities. Navigating these spheres of complex overlapping legal authority is confusing, and we cannot expect territorial borders to solve all these problems because human activity and legal norms inevitably flow across such borders. At the same time, those hoping to create one universal set of legal rules are also likely to be disappointed by the sheer variety of human communities and interests. Instead, we need an alternative jurisprudence, one that seeks to create or preserve spaces for productive interaction among multiple, overlapping legal systems by developing procedural mechanisms, institutions, and practices that aim to manage, without eliminating, the legal pluralism we see around us. Such mechanisms, institutions, and practices can help mediate conflicts, and we may find that the added norms, viewpoints, and participants produce better decision making, better adherence to those decisions by participants and non-participants alike, and ultimately better real-world outcomes. Global Legal Pluralism provides a broad synthesis across a variety of legal doctrines and academic disciplines and offers a novel conceptualization of law and globalization.
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About the Author
Paul Schiff Berman is Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. Before arriving at George Washington University, he was Dean and Foundation Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He has also served as the Jesse Root Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law and as a Visiting Professor and Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University in the Program in Law and Public Affairs. Berman has published two edited collections, authored a pioneering casebook on cyberlaw and written more than 25 scholarly articles and book chapters. He has also served on the Organizing Committee of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities.
Table of ContentsPart I. Mapping a Hybrid World: 1. Introduction; 2. A world of legal conflicts; Part II. Retreating from Hybridity: 3. The limits of sovereigntist territoriality; 4. From universalism to cosmopolitanism; Part III. Embracing Hybridity: 5. Towards a cosmopolitan pluralist jurisprudence; 6. Procedural mechanisms, institutional designs, and discursive practices for managing pluralism; Part IV. Conflict of Laws in a Hybrid World: 7. The changing terrain of jurisdiction; 8. A cosmopolitan pluralist approach to choice of law; 9. Recognition of judgments and the legal negotiation of difference; 10. Conclusion.