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Paul Schiff Berman, Global Legal Pluralism: A Jurisprudence of Law beyond Borders, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012, 344 pp., ISBN 9780521769822 (hb), £60.00, $99.00.

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1 No emphasis added.

2 He bases his thoughts on the work by B. Anderson, Imagined Communities (2006).

3 See J. L. Goldsmith and E. A. Posner, The Limits of International Law (2006).

4 B. Latour, Nous n'avons jamais été modernes (1997), 21, 22, 47, and 105. Also available in the English translation: We Have Never Been Modern (1993).

5 F. Ost and M. van der Kèrchove, De la pyramide au réseau? (2002), 15, 27, 31, and 127.

6 Classifications are to some degree always arbitrary. However, the realist thought of international law includes figures as diverse as Roscoe Pound, Myers McDougal, Max Huber, Georg Schwarzenberger, Hans Morgenthau, Abraham Chayes, Charles de Visscher, Paul Reuter, Rosalyn Higgins, Jean Salmon, Alain Pellet, Brigitte Stern, Michael Reisman, Michael Byers, China Mièville, and others.

7 Cover, R. M., ‘Violence and the Word’, (1986) 95 Yale Law Journal 1601, at 1601.

8 See ‘Living under Drones’, International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, Stanford Law School, and Global Justice Clinic, NYU School of Law, September 2012, at

9 See the following cases of the European Court of Human Rights: Medvedyev and Others v. France (10 July 2008), Hirsi v. Italy (27 February 2012), Al-Jedda v. the United Kingdom, and Al-Skeini v. the United Kingdom (7 July 2011).

10 On the notion of anomie see E. Durkheim, De la division du travail social (2004); and R. K. Merton, Social Theory and Social Structure (1962), 131–94.

11 See Zupančić, B. M., ‘Criminal Law and Its Influence upon Normative Integration’ (1974) 7 Acta Criminologica, 53105, at

12 See N. Krisch, Beyond Constitutionalism: The Pluralist Structure of Postnational Law (2010). See, e.g., a review of Krisch's book in this journal: de Boer, T., ‘Review Essay: The Limits of Legal Pluralism’ (2012) 25 LJIL, 543–56.

* Dorset Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law; PhD (Geneva), EMA (Padua), univ. dipl. iur. (Ljubljana) [].


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