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What is global law?

August 19, 2015

Excerpt from an OUPblog article, published on 10th August, by Giuliana Ziccardi Capaldo, Full Professor of International Law at University of Salerno. She is the General Editor of Global Community: Yearbook of International Law & Jurisprudence, whose 2013 edition is now available on Oxford Scholarship Online.

The Global Community Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence 2013, Volume I

"Since the end of World War II, with the creation of the United Nations, the rules and structure of the traditional inter-state community have been changing. International law is increasingly shifting its focus from the state to the individual. It gradually lost the features of the classical era, placing greater emphasis on individuals, peoples, human beings as a whole, humanity, and future generations. State sovereignty has been redefined by developments in the field of the safeguard of human rights, peoples’ law, the ‘human’ environment, the common heritage of mankind, cultural heritage, sustainable development and international trade. New norms protect the universal community’s interests. New actors, other than states, are emerging on the international scene. New international norms allow individuals, groups of individuals, corporations, and non-governmental organizations to bring claims before international jurisdictions."

Discover more: Read more about the global legal system in Giuliana's article 'What is global law?'. The first chapter of The Global Community Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence 2013, Volume I, 'Global Media and Communication Policy', is now freely available until the end of September. Get access to the full text of this book, as well as over 1,200 Oxford Law titles, by recommending OSO to your librarian today.