Research Handbook on Global Administrative Law
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Research Handbook on Global Administrative Law

Edited by Sabino Cassese

This Handbook explores the main themes and topics of the emerging field of Global Administrative Law with contributions by leading scholars and experts from universities and organizations around the world. The variety of the subjects addressed and the internationality of the Handbook’s perspectives make for a truly global and multi-dimensional view of the field.
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Chapter 20: Bringing global law home

Edoardo Chiti


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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