Handbook on the Rule of Law
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Handbook on the Rule of Law

Edited by Christopher May and Adam Winchester

The discussion of the norm of the rule of law has broken out of the confines of jurisprudence and is of growing interest to many non-legal researchers. A range of issues are explored in this volume that will help non-specialists with an interest in the rule of law develop a nuanced understanding of its character and political implications. It is explicitly aimed at those who know the rule of law is important and while having little legal background, would like to know more about the norm.
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Chapter 19: Global administrative law

Valentina Vadi


The growing expansion and specialization of international law has been matched by the increase of international organizations and international courts and tribunals. The legalization of international relations suggests that international law is now expected to govern relations that used to be dominated by power and fear. The idea of the rule of law – according to which, state actions are subject to the law and individual rights and freedoms are to be protected – is projected beyond national boundaries. Yet, because global governance can have great effect on individuals and can come into conflict with national social values, questions arise as to the operation of international organizations and their dispute settlement mechanisms. Several methodologies have been proposed to map this uneven terrain. Among these, Global Administrative Law (GAL) is a theoretical project which sets out to breakdown this complexity by using the methods and insights of administrative law. After examining the concept, aims and objectives of GAL, this chapter examines its promises and pitfalls. It then offers some preliminary conclusions.

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