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 26: Global Administrative Law scholarship

Lorenzo Casini


Globalization has exacerbated the inability of States to operate in isolation, fostering the formation of international and supranational levels of regulation. The number of international institutions – which has now exceeded 60,000 – began growing after World War II and is still rising today; the relations between State administrations and international institutions are multiplying; and new forms of global networks and global ‘administrations’ have been developing (as shown in Chapters 1 and 2). Consequently, legal scholars across the world have been studying supranational phenomena from various perspectives and through different lenses (Introduction). The most prominent lawyers have engaged in an ambitious scientific enterprise having the aim of discovering the most suitable approach for framing, understanding and explaining the legal implications of globalization. Within this framework, the ‘gentle civilizer’ as such soon appeared inadequate for the challenge, mostly because of the need for an interdisciplinary method, which the global dimension of the legal problems necessarily mandates. The result was that legal scholars worldwide began to cooperate with each other, thus triggering phenomena of mimesis and transplants between different fields and disciplines.

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