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Entangled Legalities Beyond the State
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  • Edited by Nico Krisch, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

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Law is usually understood as an orderly, coherent system, but this volume shows that it is often better understood as an entangled web. Bringing together eminent contributors from law, political science, sociology, anthropology, history and political theory, it also suggests that entanglement has been characteristic of law for much of its history. The book shifts the focus to the ways in which actors create connections and distance between different legalities in domestic, transnational and international law. It examines a wide range of issue areas, from the relationship of state and indigenous orders to the regulation of global financial markets, from corporate social responsibility to struggles over human rights. The book uses these empirical insights to inform new theoretical approaches to law, and by placing the entanglements between norms from different origins at the centre of the study of law, it opens up new avenues for future legal research. This title is also available as Open Access.


'This is a rich and welcome collection of essays by a diverse array of interesting scholars from multiple disciplines, exploring the complex and pluralist world of law and legalities, and their interaction and entanglement beyond the state. The essays range from studies of social credit systems, to international trade and investment law, indigenous law, various human rights regimes and norms, targeted sanctions, private international law, sports law, and more. There are also several stimulating theoretical essays, including the introduction and conclusion by two of the leading scholars of constitutional and legal pluralism, Nico Krisch and Brian Tamanaha.'

Gráinne de Búrca - Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor of Law, NYU

'This collection, with its stellar cast of contributors, is a must-read for anyone trying to understand today’s fast changing global legal landscape. Its central concept of ‘entanglement’ invites  a rich exploration of the ways in which our local legal orders increasingly form an interpenetrated whole.'

Neil Walker - Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations, University of Edinburgh

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Full book PDF
  • Entangled Legalities beyond the State
    pp i-i
  • Global Law Series - Series page
    pp ii-ii
  • Entangled Legalities beyond the State - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vii
  • Contributors
    pp viii-x
  • Preface
    pp xi-xiii
  • Abbreviations
    pp xiv-xviii
  • 1 - Framing Entangled Legalities beyond the State
    pp 1-32
  • Part I - Entangling State Law
    pp 33-130
  • 5 - Belt, Road and (Legal) Suspenders
    pp 107-130
  • Entangled Legalities on the ‘New Silk Road’
  • Part II - International Law and Its Interfaces
    pp 131-226
  • 8 - International Trade Law
    pp 193-226
  • Legal Entanglement on the WTO’s Own Terms
  • Part III - Weaving Transnational Legalities
    pp 227-350
  • Part IV - Situating Entanglements
    pp 351-477
  • 14 - Entanglement of State and Indigenous Legal Orders in Canada
    pp 376-398
  • 15 - Entangled Hopes
    pp 399-423
  • Towards Relational Coherence
  • 16 - Tertiary Rules
    pp 424-448
  • 17 - A Reconstruction of Transnational Legal Pluralism and Law’s Foundations
    pp 449-477
  • Index
    pp 478-502


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