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The Force of Code: Law's Transformation under Information-Technological Conditions

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As one of the commentators of Luhmann's oeuvre once rightly put it, “the occasionally authoritative gestures of Luhmann's writing may intimidate all those who do not also perceive his gentle touches of irony.” Luhmann's note at the end of his treatise, Law as a Social System, about law's future in the global society is one of those typical statements of Luhmann, characterized by this mixture of authoritative “coolness” with a touch of irony. Be that as it may, the master seems to be once again right with his prophecy-like statement: Law is indeed undergoing a transformation, the results of which might soon let law appear as nothing more than a “European anomaly, which might well level off with the evolution of global society.”

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