08 May 2015

BOOK (Juris Diversitas): Dedek and van Praagh (eds), Stateless Law: Evolving Boundaries of a Discipline

Stateless LawJuris Diversitas is delighted to announce the publication, with Ashgate Publishing, of our latest volume:

Helge Dedek and Shauna van Praagh (eds), Stateless Law: Evolving Boundaries of a Discipline.

As the book's blurb explains:

This volume offers a critical analysis and illustration of the challenges and promises of ‘stateless’ law thought, pedagogy and approaches to governance - that is, understanding and conceptualizing law in a post-national condition. From common, civil and international law perspectives, the collection focuses on the definition and role of law as an academic discipline, and hybridity in the practice and production of law. With contributions by a diverse and international group of scholars, the collection includes fourteen chapters written in English and three in French.

Confronting the ‘transnational challenge’ posed to the traditional theoretical and institutional structures that underlie the teaching and study of law in the university, the seventeen authors of Stateless Law: Evolving Boundaries of a Discipline bring new insight to the ongoing and crucial conversation about the future shape of legal scholarship, education and practice that is emblematic of the early twenty-first century.

This collection is essential reading for academics, institutions and others involved in determining the future roles, responsibilities and education of jurists, as well as for academics interested in Law, Sociology, Political Science and Education.

Reviewers have said:

‘This collection is a brilliant, insightful resource on the relationships between the law and the state in the West. A must-have for anyone interested in critically understanding the historical process of construction of Western law as an intellectual (and largely stateless) discipline.' - Mauro Bussani, University of Trieste, Italy

‘Legal educators must open their students to a world of multi-national markets and corporations, the European Union, and the increasing federalization of existing nations, a world in which the identity of law and state is increasingly destabilized. This remarkable set of essays, owing so much to McGill University's trail-blazing effort to shape the legal education it offers to these realities, sets a high standard for scholarship on this challenge.’ - Peter L. Strauss, Columbia Law School, USA

‘Stateless Law is an extremely impressive collection of ground-breaking contributions concentrating on a much-needed and overdue systematic exploration of law outside of the territorial paradigm. There is a need of this kind of “undisciplined” scholarship to overcome a state-centered bias that still spells the western lawyer.’ - Ugo Mattei, UC Hastings, USA and University of Turin, Italy

Additional information, including the tablet of contents, preface, and index, are available here.

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