Globalisation and the Rule of Law reassesses the idea of the 'rule of law' within the present complex and increasingly internationalised environment. There have been many books studying the phenomenon of globalisation and its economic, social or cultural consequences. This book, however, is the first to relate globalisation exclusively to law. It examines the impact of globalisation upon the rule of law, a fundamental value within liberal democratic sovereign states.
The book opens with three chapters discussing the theory of the rule of law and its necessary reconceptualisation in a global environment. Then, in three sections considering global trade, security and human rights, it proposes new ways of thinking about global law and its application in new and existing institutions of global governance. Contributors include top-flight academics, politicians and judges, making this book significant and relevant in both jurisprudential theory and political practice.
Spencer Zifcak is Associate Professor of Law at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, and Vice-President of the International Commission of Jurists (Australian Section). He has acted as a consultant to the UN and a wide range of other parliamentary, governmental and non-governmental organisations.