Center on Global Legal Transformation
Globalization influences how states, markets and societies regulate themselves and has profound effects on legal governance.
States remain the most important issuers and enforcers of law, but they frequently operate not as autonomous principals but as agents of ‘global rulers’ – public and private actors with the capacity to organize at the transnational level and influence the drafting of international treaties, non-binding agreements and domestic law. These actors have come to shape financial market regulation, food safety rules, environmental regulation, standards for sustainable or organic agriculture, product quality standards, foreign investment, dispute settlement and even property and contract law, to name just a few.
The Center’s objective is to analyze how this trend affects the role of law as a mode of social ordering, its differential effects on individuals and societies around the world and its impact on the legitimacy of law in the eyes of those whose compliance it seeks. To this end, the Center crafts research projects, holds workshops, sponsors fellowships for doctoral students, publishes research results, launches web-based discussion sites and promotes innovative teaching projects.