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Complexity Theory and Law
Mapping an Emergent Jurisprudence





ISBN 9780415786096
Published July 18, 2018 by Routledge
296 Pages

 
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This collection of essays explores the different ways the insights from complexity theory can be applied to law. Complexity theory – a variant of systems theory – views law as an emergent, complex, self-organising system comprised of an interactive network of actors and systems that operate with no overall guiding hand, giving rise to complex, collective behaviour in law communications and actions. Addressing such issues as the unpredictability of legal systems, the ability of legal systems to adapt to changes in society, the importance of context, and the nature of law, the essays look to the implications of a complexity theory analysis for the study of public policy and administrative law, international law and human rights, regulatory practices in business and finance, and the practice of law and legal ethics. These are areas where law, which craves certainty, encounters unending, irresolvable complexity. This collection shows the many ways complexity theory thinking can reshape and clarify our understanding of the various problems relating to the theory and practice of law.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Contributors

Section I – Law’s Complexity

Jamie Murray, Thomas E. Webb and Steven Wheatley, Encountering Law’s Complexity

JB Ruhl and Daniel M. Katz, Mapping Law’s Complexity with "Legal Maps"

Section II – Complexity and the State: Public Law and Policy

Neville Harris, Complexity: Knowing It, Measuring It, Assessing It

Thomas E. Webb, Asylum and Complexity: The Vulnerable Identity of Law as a Complex System

Section III – Complexity Beyond the State: Human Rights and International Law

Steven Wheatley, Explaining Change in the United Nations System: The Curious Status of Security Council Resolution 80 (1950)

Dimitrios Tsarapatsanis, The "Consensus Approach" of the ECtHR as a Rational Response to Complexity

Anna Marie Brennan, Prospects for Prosecuting Non-State Armed Groups under International Criminal Law: Perspectives from Complexity Theory

Section IV Complexity and Business and Finance Regulation

Mark Chinen, Governing Complexity

Michael Leach, Complex Regulatory Space and Banking

Jamie Murray, Regulating for ecological resilience: A new Agenda for Financial Regulation

Section V – Complexity and the Ethics of Law and Legal Practice

Lucy Finchett-Maddock, Nonlinearity, Autonomy and Resistant Law

Minka Woermann, Complexity and the Normativity of Law

Julian Webb, Regulating the Practise of Practice: On Agency and Entropy in Legal Ethics

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Biography

Jamie Murray is Senior Lecturer in Law at Liverpool Hope University.

Thomas E. Webb is Lecturer in Law at the University of Lancaster.

Steven Wheatley is Professor of International Law at the University of Lancaster.