Multijuralism: Manifestations, Causes, and Consequences

Edited by Katharina Pistor, Albert Breton, Anne Des Ormeaux, and Pierre Salmon

{Ashgate Publishing Group: 2009}

Fall 2010

Multijuralism, as defined in the newly released volume edited by Professor Katharina Pistor, et al, is the “coexistence of two or more legal systems or sub-systems within a broader normative legal order to which they adhere.” While the book, Multijuralism: Manifestations, Causes, and Consequences, does examine issues related to the more basic examples of multijuralism, such as the mixing of civil law and common law elements in Canada and the European Union, it also makes a concerted effort to highlight the intricacies of the complex legal concept. Multijuralism, the book states, exerts a profound impact on the laws governing independent nations.

To illustrate that point, Pistor, the Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law, and her fellow editors assembled a roster of well-respected scholars and professionals who analyze multijuralism as it relates to a variety of situations. The authors explore how international treaties impact domestic legal systems and examine the European Union’s efforts “to harmonize contract law across member countries.” The book also focuses on the role of independent administrative authorities, such as Japan’s Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission, which play an increasingly important role in regulation, enforcement, and dispute resolution.

“Through an eclectic collection of brilliant contributions, Multijuralism addresses a major challenge of the globalized world,” said Bertrand du Marais, of Paris West University at Nanterre. “It assesses thoroughly the issues raised—at the micro or macro level—by the coexistence in a given society of an initial stock of institutions and law confronted with a different set of norms, either imported or indigenous.”