1.The Law School Global League brings together law schools that share a commitment to the globalization of law and to integrating global law in their teaching and research.
2.The purpose of the league is to promote legal education and scholarly research in relation to the globalization of law by:
- Fostering academic debate on the impact of globalization on law and setting a research agenda for this;
- Fostering academic debate on the impact of globalization on legal education and taking practical initiatives for the development of new methodologies, courses, programs, and teaching materials;
- Stimulating and facilitating cooperation in education and research among its members;
- Engaging in a debate with stakeholders in all fields of legal practice, to stimulate and facilitate international cooperation and mobility of legal practitioners.
3.The League perceives globalization, i.e. the growing interdependency and connectedness of the world, as a process that is fundamentally changing law, in the sense that it:
- Enables a body of ‘global law’, i.e. law that transcends the boundaries of the positive laws of national legal orders, to be conceived of and to emerge (even if that global law might not actually be in force);
- Induces a greater degree of interplay between legal systems within and among regions in the world, often leading to convergence;
- Challenges the classical paradigm of national law and the monopoly of the nation-State over the process of lawmaking and law enforcement;
- Causes the shift from a predominance of monism in legal education and research toward increased pluralism, in respect of legal systems, interdisciplinarity, and methodology.
4.The League aims to contribute to a coherent and viable study of global law, which:
- Helps to understand how this body of global law exerts a significant influence on sub-national, national, regional or international legal orders;
- Helps to understand how new global and local actors shape law and the different forms which law can take;
- Explores the possibilities which the comparison and convergence of legal systems can offer to enhance justice and international cooperation in and between different regions of the world;
- Helps to define a new balance between global law and legal scholarship and local law.
5.The League’s agenda is broad and inclusive, covering all fields of law where globalization and interdependency are an issue.