Law Winter School - LAW73051 Global Legal Pluralism

4-7 July 2018 (9am – 1pm), Gold Coast Campus

We live in a world of multiple, overlapping normative communities.  Some of those communities—such as federal, state, and municipal governments—are formal legal entities, often wielding coercive force in the service of a bureaucratically administered set of legal norms.  Others, however, are non-state communities, created through religious, tribal, ethnic or other affiliations. And still others are transnational or international regulatory bodies wielding various degrees of coercive sanction or persuasive authority. Scholars studying interactions among these multiple communities have often used the term “legal pluralism” to describe the inevitable intermingling of these normative systems. And, in the global arena, it has become clear that a single-minded focus on state to state relations or universal overarching norms is inadequate to describe the reality of the emerging global legal system, with its web of jurisdictional assertions by state, international, and non-state normative communities.

This unit encourages students to think more broadly about what counts as law and also asks them how legal, quasi-legal and governmental systems might best manage the interaction among multiple law-making communities. 

Delivered by: Paul Schiff Berman, Walter S. Cox Professor of Law at George Washington University. Read about our presenter at

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Law Winter School 2018

Date and time

From: 09:00 AM Wednesday, July 4, 2018 To: 01:00 PM Saturday, July 7, 2018


School of Law and Justice
Southern Cross University

Gold Coast Campus

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