About the network

The network “Global Legal Studies Network” (GLSN) of the Foundation of the MSH Paris aims to link researchers, teachers, experts, practitioners, French and foreign, who devote themselves to the globalization of law.

What are the aims of the network? How to use the website?

What are the aims of the GLS network?

All around the "world" of research, centers on the globalization of law are created, teaching programs and magazines devoted to it. Topics gradually are specified: "global justice", "global governance", "global regulation" ... movement of goods and people, the emergence or transformation of cultural and political spaces, financial and business regulation... The traditional legal cultural era (common law, Europe, Africa, Asia ...) are partially blended with legal practice and legal thinking more and more "global". Appears what might be called more accurately a trans-continental thought "in the double meaning of the" crossing " of a continent, but also in what is" beyond " a continent. Linking these centers and researchers spread across continents, then enable French researchers to better connect with the great scientific debates of the global legal thought - and with this global community of researchers in training. This also allows a renewed dialogue between law and social science, research on globalization being characterized by an abandonment of legal positivism and openness to social science ("Law and ..."). The network will analyze and better distinguish the emerging themes, as well as research sites in this globalization of law. By providing this work of analysis, it will facilitate linked and joint research projects that may be foreign projects with the mere participation of French researchers.

Specifically, the network will initially form a "portal" of the globalization of law hosted by the FMSH as a "thematic" and "geographical" program. The homepage is done in HTML, an image of the glob aims to propose a dynamic picture illustrating the idea of globalization. Bubbles represent "islands" which are research centers or French or European or Japanese networks.... selected by the coordinator as special representative of an object of global legal thinking. The site is run by a "coordinator", Gilles Lhuilier and "correspondents" either by regions of globalization of law, different from traditional cultural areas of Comparative Law (Africa, Anglo-Saxon worlds, Asies ...) or by subjects or topics (e.g. Isabelle Giraudou, a researcher at the Research Institute of the Franco-Japanese House, is especially looking at "the emergence of an Asian area of business law", Asia being then a conceptual area comprising Japan, China, HK, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, and also Africa). A "scientific board", or rather a "board of analysis", will be consisting of the "coordinator", "correspondents" and personalities from the world of research. An “Annual Report on Global Law” is edited by the Board of Analysis.

This site is hosted by the Foundation of the MSH Paris, and produced with the technical assistance of Laurent Cournede (IMN of Nantes). The coordinator’s e-mail is glsn_at_orange.fr.


How to use the GLSN website?

The « Global Legal Studies Network » web site proposes six different entries:

About the network
Globalization portal
Analysis of global Law
Global news
Global legal podcasts, videos
Selected research centers
Selected Global Academic Journals on the net
GLSN news

How to use these various entries?

Globalization portal

The links of this page are all dealing with international law and the globalization of law and, as such, are necessary to both researchers and practitioners. These links refer to general web sites, in order to find legal sources; or they refer – more specifically – to web sites offering an access to international treaties, or to the official sites of States, international organizations, courts of justice and tribunals, non-governmental international organizations, international academic societies, local portals grouped by continents (Africa, Asia, etc.). See for example the Asian continent’s web sites, and more specifically those dealing with Japan. Tending to be exhaustive, these links constitute a working tool. As such, they differ from the links dealing with the “Selected Research Centers”, chosen by GLSN. The links of the page “Globalization Portal” need to be completed by those listed in the “Selected Research Centers” page.

Analysis of global law

A “scientific council”, or to say it better a “Group of Analysis”, is composed of a “coordinator”, “correspondents” and some personalities from the academic and research world. Once per year, this group tries to analyze and to identify more precisely the emerging subjects as well as the research locus where such a globalization of law is developing. In doing so, it will offer a real map of the global legal thinking, dealing both with positive law and the theory of law.

The various scientific hypothesis of this collective research work on contemporary legal thinking are presented in a text of about 10 pages and dealing in particular with the following subjects: “transcontinental thinking”, “passage from positivist to hermeneutic thinking”, pure legal thinking and critical legal thinking, positive law and theory, etc. In particular, this page attempts to define what are the “legal thinking continents” and to identify such “spaces of thinking” as spaces of practice/theory; it also offers a preliminary “cartography of legal thinking”, with its various “rocks and islands” as well as a temporary list of these objects-spaces of contemporary legal thinking:

1) Alliance or Clash of Civilizations?;
2) A Legal and Political Analysis;
3) Secularism and the Rule of Law;
4) Efficiency, Sustainability, and Justice for Future Generations;
5) Formal and Substantial Reasoning in Legal Interpretation and Adjudication;
6) How General is General Jurisprudence;
7) Human Dignity and the Foundation of the Rule of Law;
8) Corporate Governance in China…

Global news

These links deal with global law news. They refer to web sites specialized according to subjects (for example, in international criminal law, see “International Penal Law News”) or to continents. For example, as for China, an official information web site (China Daily) but also two main alternative web sites have been selected. This page allows to actualize one’s research on a specific subject (for example, in positive law, on merger-acquisitions) in various countries.

Global legal podcasts, videos

This page mainly refers to universities’ podcasts, recording their conferences and other scientific events, which gives an overview of the relevant issues currently dealt with. This page also lists some individual podcasts: here, have been selected the podcasts of different personalities, particularly representative of what we can call global legal thinking. See, for example, the London School of Economics’ web site.

Selected research centers

This link refers to those of the research centers which are particularly representative of such global legal thinking. This entry gives an access to the way current issues are formulated by the relevant research centers on a given domain of positive law (see for example, and as far as WTO law is concerned, the Institute for Globalization and International Regulation of Maastricht University). This entry helps also to define a cartography of global legal thinking, for example by comparing the so-called “African Studies” in the United States (IAS), in Great Britain (SOAS) and in Africa (CODESTRIA).

Such an entry is necessarily subjective, even if it follows the lines as well as the working hypothesis developed by “GLSN”. For example, in Japan, two important universities could have been selected: Tokyo University (the most prestigious public university) and Waseda University (one of the most famous private university there). Tokyo University is without any doubt more active internationally. However, Waseda University has developed a more original approach, since it turns not any more exclusively toward the West (comparative law being a discipline rooted in the West), but also and significantly to the East, attempting to explore differently comparative law, in a way nearly similar to the so-called Asian Studies though remaining focused on specific Japanese “values” or “categories”. In this sense, such an entry is representative of one particular trend of a global legal thinking in construction.

Selected Global Journals on the net

This link refers first – nearly exhaustively - to lists of academic journals available on the net all over the world; and, second, to a selection of some “global reviews”, thus giving access to the various subjects and authors of this planet of GLS. It is for example possible to find Berkeley Electronic Press (Online academic press of Berkeley University, included “Global Jurist” and “Asian Journal of Comparative Law”), as well as the “Global Policy Journal”, the most recent review on GLS, created by the London School of Economics.

GLSN news

This entry already refer to collectives reasearches, workshops, seminars and colloquium, and to international networks' links to GLSN. This entry will soon refer to a collection of books dedicated to GLS, comparatism... including the annual report of GLSN, but also to an itinerant academic chair of global Law, a network of “short term visiting professors”. Autors are invited to contact glsn_at_orange.fr.


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