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Beyond Constitutionalism: The Pluralist Structure of Postnational Law

Nico Krisch


This book traces a fundamental transformation in law—the turn towards ‘postnational law’—which reflects the increasing enmeshment of national, regional, and international law and calls into question central legitimating principles of the different layers. Two fundamental approaches to the structure of this new legal order stand out and form the focus of this book: constitutionalism and pluralism. Postnational constitutionalism embodies the hope of integrating the order through an overarching legal framework that would tame politics by defining relations and institutionalizing key values. Yet s ... More

Keywords: constitutionalism, pluralism, postnational law, international law, European law, global governance, postnational order

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199228317
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228317.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nico Krisch, author
Professor of International Law, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin