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The Grammar of Global Law. Working Paper Series of the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Formation of Normative Orders’ 01/ 2016.

Working paper
Author(s): Roth-Isigkeit, David; Otten, Julia; Avbelj, Matej; Schmalz, Dana; Kleinlein, Thomas
Year of publication: 2016

Abstract: Legal grammar is understood as the conceptual and linguistic foundation on which legal decisions rest – law’s meta-structure, its argumentative techniques and its systematicity. The essay distinguishes between two ways of thinking about this grammar. The first way of thinking appeals to a grammar as a stabilizing factor, maintaining the coherence of the law. The second way of thinking highlights the asymmetries of power within this structure and perceives legal grammar as the medium carrying the ideological commitments of the law. As the essay ultimately argues, both perspectives react differently to the challenges of globalization that the law is confronted with. While the debate on the grammar(s) of global law is one place where future political order is negotiated, the outcome of the debate is largely open.

Keywords: Global Law; Legal Grammar

Research area: Research Area 3: The Plurality of Normative Orders: Competition, Overlapping, Interconnection
Research project: Legitimation Through International Law and Legitimation of International Law
Subject(s): law

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