Constitutionalizing Connectivity: The Constitutional Grid of World Society

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    Abstract

    Global law settings are characterized by a structural pre-eminence ofconnectivity norms, a type of norm which differs from coherency orpossibility norms. The centrality of connectivity norms emerges fromthe function of global law, which is to increase the probability oftransfers of condensed social components, such as economic capitaland products, religious doctrines, and scientific knowledge, from onelegally structured context to another within world society. This was thecase from colonialism and colonial law to contemporary global supplychains and human rights. Both colonial law and human rights can beunderstood as serving a constitutionalizing function aimed at stabiliz-ing and facilitating connectivity. This allows for an understanding ofcolonialism and contemporary global governance as functional, butnot as normative, equivalents.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Law and Society
    Volume45
    Issue numberS1
    Pages (from-to)S114-S134
    Number of pages21
    ISSN0263-323X
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

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