Law and Regulation for the 21st Century
New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series
The contemporary context of globalization
We live in the midst of a truly globalized age; one that is upsetting comfortable, often archaic, orthodox, and trusted notions of society, the state, law, the environment, the manner in which we address social problems (including environmental problems), and the way in which we regulate. While it could easily be described as yesterday’s news, globalization remains relevant and indispensable for the task of identifying several new, aggregative features of international reality, as Falk suggests above. Therefore, as with many other contemporary social phenomena vested in a continuously changing and interdependent reality, a discussion of global environmental governance must, if it is to be current, also be situated in the wider context of globalization.
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