Research Handbooks on Globalisation and the Law series
Edited by Sabino Cassese
Chapter 20: Bringing global law home
In a legal context characterized by an increasingly complex ‘overlap between the State and supranational rulers and rules’, domestic agencies often act as global administrations. This happens, for example, when they participate in formal and informal intergovernmental regulatory networks and coordination arrangements such as the Basel Committee, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and the International Competition Network (ICN), as well as when they are charged with implementing an international regime or with taking decisions of global concern. In these cases, national administrations are subject not only to the administrative law of their domestic legal order, but also to Global Administrative Law (GAL). GAL norms govern the substance of their regulatory and adjudicatory action, establish procedural requirements, require them to interact with administrations of other States and respect a number of rights of individuals and collective entities. While widely recognized as one of the distinguishing features of the global space, the significance of GAL norms within domestic legal orders is a relatively unexplored issue in GAL scholarship.
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