Mathias Albert, Dirk Lehmkuhl
May 14, 2016
The introduction seeks to embed the following three articles into the general debate on a transnationaüsation of law, the latter understood as a reaction to the diminishing structuring power of territorial boundaries for political, economic and societal interaction. Although this is a debate in the early stages in sociology, legal studies and political science alike, there are nonetheless a number of common points of interest which make it worthwhile to explore interdisciplinary approaches to the genesis and the function of law in societal contexts beyond the framework described in terms of the nation-state. Part of these points of interest are the questions of the development of a „domestic“ law of world society, but also on the pluralisation and fragmentation of behavior-regulating functions within and by transnational-functional subsystems, which contrast the image of a hierarchy and unity of law with an image of an heterarchic plurality of legal orders.