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Authority in "Intimations of Global Law"

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-348
JournalTransnational Legal Theory
Issue number3
Early online date15 Nov 2017
DateAccepted/In press - 26 Oct 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 15 Nov 2017
DatePublished (current) - 2018


Neil Walker, in his recent monograph entitled Intimations of Global Law, provides an explanation of how authority emerges in the pluralist global legal landscape. Authority, in perhaps a modern restatement of the traditional consent-based view, emerges from contestation and comprise in the relations between the institutions and bodies that populate this landscape (this is called voluntas). From these relations emerge shared, and indeed universal, values such as a respect for ‘basic rights’ and ‘autonomy’ (this is called ratio). In this essay, the dynamic between voluntas and ratio is considered, and the importance of dissent and resistance within the global landscape as a means to generate ratio is highlighted.

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  • Neil Walker, Global Law, Global Administrative Law, resistance

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