This chapter (essay, really), aims to reflect on the legal consequences of the emergence of cities as sources of normativity, and does so by invoking the notion of inter-legality. Given the changed nature of authority, the roles of cities is unlikely to lend itself for explanations involving traditional concepts of law-making and authority, sources and subjects. Instead, cities form part of (and take part in) a broader global network of governance activities, something better captured by invoking inter-legality. This contribution sketches some forerunners of inter-legality (including Jessup’s popular idea of transnational law) and provides a tentative fleshing-out of just inter-legality might help in understanding the role of cities in law.
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