Global Governance and the Quest for Justice
This book - part of a four-volume series - focuses on the themes of citizen organization and empowerment set in the context of globalizing legal processes. The book begins by focusing on various challenges that globalization poses for private law. How does substantive contract and tort doctrine, that has been developed mainly for use within national legal systems, adapt to more globalized dealings and wrongdoings? Should the source of regulation be private international law, harmonized national law, international accords, or some combination? The book then examines issues relating to access to justice as a mode of empowerment and its impact on the functioning of civil society. It highlights a variety of procedural, professional, and institutional challenges for access to justice in a globalized world. It considers how to reconcile the competing visions of the basis on which essential services are to be provided. In a global marketplace, is there any room for local values or for values other than those of free-market thinking? Finally, the book looks at the question of democracy in a globalized world. If civil society is to retain its political vitality, how are citizens to remain engaged and enfranchised as a new global politico-legal order takes shape?
Publication Date: 12/9/2008