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LOTF2011 | Sam Muller & Morly Frishman


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Law of the Future 2011
23 & 24 June 2011, Peace Palace, The Hague, The Netherlands

Law Scenarios to 2030 & Report on conclusions from
the Law of the Future Forum

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LOTF2011 | Sam Muller & Morly Frishman

  1. 1. Signposting the legal space of the future<br />Law of the Future Conference DAY II<br />Get connected!<br />Follow us on Twitter@LOTF2011<br />
  2. 2. Sam Muller & Morly Frishman<br />Law Scenarios to 2030 and Report on conclusions <br />from the Law of the Future Forum<br />
  3. 3. 2030<br />Law of the FutureJoint ActionProgramme<br />
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  7. 7. What does it look like?<br /> A form of global law has gradually emerged overarching system largely defines state governance and the fundamental rightsThe principle of legality, stating that all government is bound by law, has also been laid down as the binding principle that underlies the global legal environment The world has developed as the European Union did some decades before A complex multi-layered system of law has emerged within a global constitutional order What used to be intergovernmental organisations have become more or less separate legal actors that can operate more independently from their constituent statesGlobal politics takes place within the legal context of the United Nations Hierarchy between rules A series of charters and constitution-like documentsCourts become more important Adaptability to unforeseen circumstances is not always easy <br />
  8. 8. Triggers<br /> Common global challenges become politically acute<br /> Further development of global markets<br /> The United Nations (and/or other global legal institutions) increasingly proving to be both effective and legitimate as a global coordinator<br />
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  11. 11. What does it look like?<br /> The national level has remained the primary source of rule-making supplemented by a significant increase in regional legislationGlobal rule-making efforts have greatly diminished Protectionism, legal and real-life borders, and nation states flourish Because of the lack of substantial global law, international courts have been pushed to the margin In Europe, the EU will transform into a ‘fortress Europe’ Implementation and enforcement is reserved for regional, sub-regional, or preferably, the national level New and emerging global powers have fundamentally changed the nature of the debate in the global environment A lot less talk about ‘universality’ and universal norms The rule of law has regionally pluralisedThere is little or no agreement at the global level on overarching fundamentals  International courts and other adjudication mechanisms have become relatively less powerful<br />
  12. 12. Triggers<br />  Financial and economic crisis will feed popular calls for legal borders, especially because international solutions emerge slowly and are seen as dangerous for national interests<br />  Rise of transnational crime, illicit trade, and global terrorism will also accelerate a popular call for national or regional borders<br />  Security threats, migration, and uncompetitive national economies trigger national sentiments and the need to re-create legal borders<br />  Rise of more economic and political powers prompting others to also stick to national interest positions<br />
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  15. 15. What does it look like?<br /> ● Private institutions have become the main producer of rules ●Public rules have gradually been replaced by standards in particular sectors to which all interested parties in that sector commit themselves ● Monitoring by the parties themselves ● Parliaments lose the most ground; other means of organising accountability are visibly more effective ●Globally operating companies within the same branch have organised themselves and agreed on consumer rights and liabilities ●Unions and global corporations continuously negotiate on collective labour agreements ●Conflicts are dealt with by private tribunal● The absence of clear, all-encompassing organising principles makes the global legal environment complex, often confusing and sometimes unstable ●Flexibility and adaptability●Private tribunals, arbitration, and mediation by global law firms flourishes, public courts only focus on criminal and administrative law●Difficult to tackle its overarching legality and accountability ●<br />
  16. 16. Triggers<br />● Enforcement and norm-setting crisis will push corporations, NGOs and communities towards private regulation<br />● States and state-connected institutions are deemed to be too slow in rule-making; the rules they make are not deemed to be effective <br />● Substantial growth of powerful global private players<br />● Legitimacy crisis which confronts many states and state-connected legal institutions throughout the world<br />● Increased costs of official adjudication and the limited ability to really understand ‘foreign’ legal systems<br />
  17. 17. Get connected!<br />Follow us on Twitter@LOTF2011<br />
  18. 18. Law of the Future <br />Conference<br />Law of the FutureForum<br />To be continued!<br />
  19. 19. Stay tunned!<br /><br />Follow us on Twitter:<br />@LOTF2011<br />