The purpose of this essay is to argue in favour of the idea that we should consider 'transnational law' as a legitimate part of legal education, including not only state but also non-state forms of normativity. The paper is structured as follows. First, I suggest that in the face of the existing conceptual controversy around the concept of 'transnational law' we should adopt a pragmatic perspective, focusing on the uses we can make of the concept 'transnational law' for legal theory and, in particular, legal education. Then I consider the term 'transnational law' as an instance of legal pluralism, and I briefly review some legal phenomena of contemporary relevance that are non exclusively dependent on the state. Subsequently I analyse the traditional view of state-centered positivism, emphasizing the fact that it is unable to cope with legal pluralism. I compare the situation in legal studies with the broader field of social and political theory, showing how the dogma that lawyers hold so dear has been devastatingly criticised in other fields of knowledge. Finally I summarise the reasons why, in my view, the acceptance of 'transnational law' will improve legal education. These reasons have to do both with understanding the world and with making the world a better place.

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Arjona SebastiÓ, CÚsar

Transnational law as an excuse. How teaching law without the state makes legal education better

The purpose of this essay is to argue in favour of the idea that we should consider 'transnational law' as a legitimate part of legal education, including not only state but also non-state forms of normativity. The paper is structured as follows. First, I suggest that in the face of the existing conceptual controversy around the concept of 'transnational law' we should adopt a pragmatic perspective, focusing on the uses we can make of the concept 'transnational law' for legal theory and, in particular, legal education. Then I consider the term 'transnational law' as an instance of legal pluralism, and I briefly review some legal phenomena of contemporary relevance that are non exclusively dependent on the state. Subsequently I analyse the traditional view of state-centered positivism, emphasizing the fact that it is unable to cope with legal pluralism. I compare the situation in legal studies with the broader field of social and political theory, showing how the dogma that lawyers hold so dear has been devastatingly criticised in other fields of knowledge. Finally I summarise the reasons why, in my view, the acceptance of 'transnational law' will improve legal education. These reasons have to do both with understanding the world and with making the world a better place.
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Transnational law as an excuse. How teaching law without the state makes legal education better
Arjona SebastiÓ, CÚsar
Transnational law as an excuse. How teaching law without the state makes legal education better
Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS)
Londres (United Kingdom) ,  25/03/2011 - 25/03/2011

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