By Nico Krisch

Stressed from globalization, the classical contrast among family and overseas legislations has develop into more and more blurred, spurring call for for brand spanking new paradigms to construe the rising postnational criminal order. the common reaction of constitutional and foreign attorneys in addition to political theorists has been to increase family suggestions - particularly constitutionalism - past the nation. but as this e-book argues, proposals for postnational constitutionalism not just fail to supply a believable account of the altering form of postnational legislations but in addition fall brief as a normative imaginative and prescient. They both dilute constitutionalism's origins and entice 'fit' the postnational area; or they convey tensions with the novel range of postnational society.

This ebook explores an alternate, pluralist imaginative and prescient of postnational legislation. Pluralism doesn't depend on an overarching criminal framework yet is characterised by means of the heterarchical interplay of assorted suborders of alternative degrees - an interplay that's ruled via a multiplicity of clash principles whose mutual dating is still legally open. A pluralist version can account for the fragmented constitution of the ecu and worldwide criminal orders and it displays the competing (and usually both valid) claims for keep an eye on of postnational politics. in spite of the fact that, it generally provokes issues approximately balance, strength and the guideline of legislation.

This ebook analyzes the promise and difficulties of pluralism via a theoretical enquiry and empirical examine on significant worldwide governance regimes, together with the ecu human rights regime, the contestation round UN sanctions and human rights, and the constitution of worldwide possibility legislation. The empirical examine unearths how customary pluralist constructions are in postnational legislations and what benefits they own over constitutionalist versions. regardless of the issues it additionally unearths, the research indicates wary optimism concerning the danger of good and reasonable cooperation in pluralist settings.

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An earlier version of Chapter 4 was published as ‘The Open Architecture of European Human Rights Law’, Modern Law Review 71 (2008), 183–216. A previous version of Chapter 6 appeared as ‘Pluralism in Postnational Risk Regulation: The Dispute over GMOs and Trade’, Transnational Legal Theory 1 (2010), 1–29. These papers were also published, in yet earlier versions, in the LSE Law, Economics and Society Working Paper Series (as nos 17/2009, 11/2007, and 12/2009 respectively).

I cannot really make up for that, but I promise that the next book project will have to wait some time. * * * Some of the chapters are based on other publications of mine, and I gratefully acknowledge those publications as well as the permission to use the material in this book. Parts of Chapters 2 and 3 are to appear as ‘The Case for Pluralism in Postnational Law’ in G de Búrca & J H H Weiler (eds), The Worlds of European Constitutionalism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming. An earlier version of Chapter 4 was published as ‘The Open Architecture of European Human Rights Law’, Modern Law Review 71 (2008), 183–216.

All these contexts have provided me with different stimuli, but they have all proved to be enormously enriching, and I wish to thank my colleagues at all of them—as well as the institutions themselves—for the outstanding support I enjoyed. I also thank the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science for its generous financial support in the early stages of the project. Many people have helped me directly, especially by reading and commenting on parts of the book as it was emerging. For this, I owe much gratitude to Aida Torres Pérez, Alec Stone Sweet, Alejandro Chehtman, Alejandro Sáiz Arnaiz, Alexander Somek, Andrew Lang, Anne Peters, Anne Thies, Anthea Roberts, Benedict Kingsbury, Carol Harlow, Caterina García, Cathryn Costello, Chandran Kukathas, Christian Walter, Christoph Möllers, Craig Scott, Eran Shamir-Borer, Ewan Macdonald, Greg Shaffer, Jo Murkens, Jochen Frowein, Joseph Weiler, Julia Black, Luzius Wildhaber, Marisa Iglesias, Mark Kayser, Martin Loughlin, Mattias Kumm, Michael Zürn, Neil Walker, Nicolas Lamp, Oriol Casanovas, Pavlos Eleftheriadis, Richard Stewart, Stephen Weatherill, Tom Poole, and Wibren van der Burg.

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