28 January 2014

LECTURE: Twining on Normative and Legal Pluralism - A Global Perspective

Preparing to add a few videos to my outlines for (i) Comparative Law and (ii) Jurisprudence, I discovered William Twining's 'Normative and Legal Pluralism: A Global Perspective'.

Professor Twining delivered the paper in 2009 to the Center for International and Comparative Law of Duke University School of Law. It was posted last month. I recommend it highly.

In addition to being on our Advisory Council, Professor Twining is 'the Quain Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus, University College of London, and a regular visiting professor at the University of Miami Law School'. In the video, he 'presents the annual Bernstein Lecture titled "Normative and Legal Pluralism: A Global Perspective."

His text is available here. The abstract reads:


This lecture sets out to demystify the topic of legal pluralism by examining the relationship between legal pluralism, normative pluralism, and general normative theory from a global perspective. The central theme is that treating legal pluralism as a species of normative pluralism decenters the state, links legal pluralism to a rich body of literature, and helps to show that some of the central puzzlements surrounding the topic can usefully be viewed as much broader issues in the general theory of norms and legal theory. A second theme is that so-called “global legal pluralism” is in several respects qualitatively different from the older anthropological and socio-legal accounts of legal pluralism and is largely based on a different set of concerns.

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