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Interface Law: Legal Interactions between Spheres of Authority in Global Economic Governance

English title Interface Law: Legal Interactions between Spheres of Authority in Global Economic Governance
Applicant Krisch Nico
Number 170996
Funding scheme Project funding
Research institution Département de Droit International Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement IHEID
Institution of higher education Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies - IHEID
Main discipline Legal sciences
Start/End 01.06.2017 - 31.03.2021
Approved amount 495'000.00
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Keywords (7)

Transnational law; Global governance; Spheres of authority; International trade regulation; Global financial regulation; Domestic and international law; Interfaces

Lay Summary (German)

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Im Zuge der Globalisierung verändert sich auch das Rechtssystem in bedeutender Weise. Insbesondere treten die Schnittstellen zwischen verschiedenen Rechtsschichten - national, regional, international - in den Vordergrund. Dieses Projekt untersucht diese Veränderungen und ihre Auswirkungen in einem spezischen Sachbereich, der globalen Wirtschaftsregulierung.
Lay summary

Im Zuge der Globalisierung geraten auch rechtliche Strukturen zunehmend unter Druck. Die klassische Trennung von nationalem und internationalem Recht wird in Frage gestellt durch intensivere Interaktion zwischen den Rechtsschichten. Gleichzeitig führt die größere funktionale Differenzierung zu Spannungen zwischen Normen verschiedener Sachbereiche. Beide Tendenzen – größere Nähe und wachsende Spannungen – fordern das traditionelle Verständnis des Verhältnisses von Rechtsordnungen zueinander und von Ordnungsprinzipien in ihrem Innern heraus und führen zu einem erheblich komplexeren Bild. Dieses Projekt versucht, diese Veränderungen in einem Sachbereich nachzuzeichnen, der in besonderer Weise von der Globalisierung geprägt ist: der globalen Wirtschaftsregulierung. Mit Blick auf die Handels- und Finanzregulierung und einem Fokus auf sechs verschiedene nationale Rechtssysteme will es verstehen, inwieweit sich ein neuartiges, pluralistisches und „postnationales“ Rechts herausbildet, in dem Normen verschiedenen Ursprungs miteinander erheblich intensiver verschränkt sind, und wie verschiedene Institutionen mit dieser Verschränkung umgehen. 

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Publications

Publication
Order at the margins: The legal construction of interface conflicts over time
KRISCH NICO, CORRADINI FRANCESCO, REIMERS LUCY LU (2020), Order at the margins: The legal construction of interface conflicts over time, in Global Constitutionalism, 9(2), 343-363.
Entangled Legalities Beyond the State
Krisch Nico (ed.), Entangled Legalities Beyond the State, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Entangled Legalities in the Postnational Space
Krisch Nico, Entangled Legalities in the Postnational Space, in International Journal of Constitutional Law, 19.
Framing Entangled Legalities Beyond the State
Krisch Nico, Framing Entangled Legalities Beyond the State, in Krisch Nico (ed.), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Hidden in the Shades: Patterns of Entanglement Within the Web of Corporate Social Responsibility Law
MorochovicTomas, ReimersLucy Lu, Hidden in the Shades: Patterns of Entanglement Within the Web of Corporate Social Responsibility Law, in Krisch Nico (ed.), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
International Trade Law: Legal Entanglement on the WTO’s Own Terms
ReimersLucy Lu, International Trade Law: Legal Entanglement on the WTO’s Own Terms, in Krisch Nico (ed.), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
The Social Life of Entanglements between International Investment and Human Rights Norms in and beyond ISDS
Corradini Francesco, The Social Life of Entanglements between International Investment and Human Rights Norms in and beyond ISDS, in Krisch Nico (ed.), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
The Struggle for International Financial Standards: An Historical Analysis of Entangling Legalities in Finance
Corradini Francesco, The Struggle for International Financial Standards: An Historical Analysis of Entangling Legalities in Finance, in Krisch Nico (ed.), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Datasets

Interface Conflicts 1.0

Author Zuern, Michael; Kreuder-Sonnen, Christian; Fuss, Julia
Publication date 01.02.2021
Persistent Identifier (PID) https://doi.org/10.7802/2241
Repository GESIS
Abstract
The increasing density and entanglement of international law and institutions leads to a growing potential for collisions between norms and rules emanating from different international institutions. It is an open question, however, when actors actually create manifest conflicts about overlapping norms and rules and how - and with what consequences - such conflicts are handled. We therefore utilize the concept of “interface conflicts” (ICs) in which two or more actors express positional differences over the scope or prevalence of different international norms. Building on the findings of the DFG research group OSAIC, we introduce the Interface Conflicts 1.0 dataset, which assembles information on 78 ICs. The dataset provides information on the actors and norms at stake in ICs and focuses specifically on their subsequent handling. It distinguishes co-operative from non-cooperative conflict management and codes the institutional as well as distributional outcomes of all management efforts.

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Global Constitutionalism Roundtable Talk given at a conference Order at the Margins: The Legal Construction of Interface Conflicts over Time 20.11.2020 Online, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Zürn Michael; Krisch Nico;
Graduate Institute International Law Colloquium Individual talk Entangled Legalities beyond the State 18.11.2020 Online, Switzerland Krisch Nico;
Workshop on Systemic Integration under Disintegrative Stress Talk given at a conference After Systematicity 12.06.2020 Online, Germany Krisch Nico;
Workshop of the Research Group on Overlapping Spheres of Authority and Interface Conflicts in the Global Order Talk given at a conference Order at the Margins: The Legal Construction of Interface Conflicts Over Time’ 25.02.2019 Steinhoefel, Germany Krisch Nico; Reimers Lucy Lu; Corradini Francesco;
Columbia Law School Faculty Workshop Individual talk Entangled Legalities 11.09.2018 New York, United States of America Krisch Nico;
Annual Conference of the International Society of Public Law Talk given at a conference Panel on ‘Entangled Legalities beyond the State’ 26.06.2018 Hongkong, Hongkong Corradini Francesco; Krisch Nico; Reimers Lucy Lu; Morochovic Tomas;
Brussels Global Law Week Talk given at a conference Entangled Legalities in the Postnational Order 15.05.2018 Brussels, Belgium Krisch Nico;
Institute of International Law Colloquium Individual talk Entangled Legalities in the Postnational Order 19.04.2018 Zurich, Switzerland Krisch Nico;
Biannual Conference of the European Society of International Law Talk given at a conference Commonality out of Polycentricity 08.09.2017 Napoli, Italy Krisch Nico;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
International Workshop on ‘Entangled Legalities Beyond the State’ 24.05.2018 Geneva, Switzerland
Brainstorming Workshop on ‘Interface Law’ 22.09.2017 Geneva, Switzerland

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Other activities The Entanglement of Global Legal Order International 2018

Awards

Title Year
Max Planck-Cambridge Prize for International Law 2019

Abstract

The growing density of interactions between spheres of authority in global governance puts pressure on traditional legal structures. It challenges the traditional separation of domestic and international legal orders in favour of greater linkages and routine interaction, but it also drives strategies of distancing where greater integration had been the norm, as in the field of public international law. These dual pressures are likely to produce new configurations on both the formal and the substantive side of the interfaces between normative orders and they may drive relations between layers of law in the direction of greater enmeshment rather than formal separation or simple unity. This project seeks to analyze these new configurations both empirically and from a theoretical angle. It aims at illuminating how the interactions between (formal and informal, public and private) spheres of authority in the global order are reflected in the theory and practice of law, using the issue area of global economic governance as an example and focusing on six jurisdictions - Germany, the UK, the US, Brazil, India and China - to inquire into the ways in which conflicts between different layers of law (and informal norms) are processed in judicial, quasi-judicial and regulatory settings. The project adopts two main foci. First, it seeks to trace the character of the interface norms at play - the way they reflect conceptions of identity and difference between spheres of authority. Secondly, the project is interested in the substantive content of the interface norms - the normative expectations they contain for the relations between authority spheres - and the indications this gives for a broader account of the governing norms of global law. In a second pillar, the findings on these two dimensions will be used to advance our theoretical understanding of the postnational legal order. As the unity and closure of (national and international) legal orders is challenged as a result of greater proximity, guiding concepts of legal theory such as sources, system, and coherence are likely to come under pressure. Using historical insights as a contrast, the project seeks to work towards a theoretical account of a pluralist, yet enmeshed postnational legal order in which interfaces between different bodies of norms take a central place. This project forms part of the OSAIC project (Overlapping Spheres of Authority and Interface Conflicts in the Global Order, www.osaic.eu).
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