In the process of globalisation, international law plays a crucial and ambivalent role. It is one of the driving forces behind the integration of markets, expanding standards of human rights and good governance as well as mechanisms for international peace and security. International law also responds to a globalised world which catalyses not only universal ethics, but also the global spread of risks to political and economic stability. "Evolutive interpretation" of international agreements affects traditional concepts of sovereignty and democratic legitimacy. It enhances the power of technocratic elites. At the same time, we witness an intensive interplay between the different sectors of international law; new layers of 'hard' and 'soft' normativity as well as intriguing forms of legal pluralism.
|Publisher:||Verlag Vittorio Klostermann|
|Series:||Schriftenreihe des Kate Hamburger Kollegs 'Recht als Kultur' Series , #14|
About the Author
Matthias Herdegen is Director of the Institute of Public Law (Institut fur Offentliches Recht) and Director at the Institute of Public International Law (Institut fur Volkerrecht) of the University of Bonn.