The obvious phenomenon in what some call “world society” is not the existence of a common legal culture, but global legal pluralism. State law (including international law); hybrid norms such as international standards or codes of conduct; regime norms; global actor norms (churches, organized crime, or sport organizations); and nongovernmental organization (NGO) norms are all competitors in regulating or supporting global interaction. State law embeds itself in a multitude of (national) legal cultures, as are all other formal or informal normative systems. Many assume that this picture of a colorful patchwork will soon become outdated due to the harmonization efforts attempted through international agreements and the integrative influence of regionalization and globalization processes.


The European Union is the most advanced region in this respect and may ...

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