Introduction—Comparative Law as Transnational Law

Russell A. Miller and Peer C. Zumbansen

in Comparative Law as Transnational Law

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199795208
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919307 | DOI:
Introduction—Comparative Law as Transnational Law

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This introductory chapter begins with a description of the July 2009 conference marking the first decade of the German Law Journal (GLJ). The conference was convened under the title, “The Transnationalization of Legal Cultures,” and the resulting discussion underscored two points. First, there was easy consensus that we are living in a transnational era, in that, today, lawyers—including academics, practitioners, judges, and activists—are ever more deeply entangled in the border-defying legal reality that inspired Philip Jessup to coin the phrase “transnational law” a half-century ago. Second, there was little agreement on how to define or, indeed, imagine transnational law and the transnationalization of legal cultures. The chapter then discusses the characteristics that made the GLJ a medium for encounters between legal cultures, and the Journal's contextualism. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: German Law Journal; transnational law; comparative law; legal culture; contextualism

Chapter.  5724 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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