Global business and society. What about national constitutions?

Global business and society. What about national constitutions? 07 June 2012

Private transnational accountancy standards, private rules established and enforced by multinational corporations, social media companies creating global virtual societies and alternative copyright regimes: because the reach of national constitutions is essentially limited by the state's boundaries, states have difficulties in controlling these processes. The emergence of constitutions in many sectors of global society might provide a solution.

Constitutions do not only exist in the national context, but are also emerging in many sectors of global society. Such constitutionalism beyond the nation state has the potential to counteract the expansionist tendencies of social systems outside the state. These include the globalised economy, science, technology and media. These systems may endanger individual or institutional autonomy.

These conclusions, which substantially affect the freedom of action by actors that operate outside the traditional framework of the nation state, are reached by Gunther Teubner, former UM-HiiL Chair on the Internationalisation of Law and professor of Private Law and Legal Sociology (Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main) in his newest book on ‘Constitutional Fragments’

Details on Gunther Teubner's new book can be found here. He co-authored the volume on The Financial Crisis in Constitutional Perspective: The Dark Side of Functional Differentiation (Hart Publishing).

Click here to read more about the conference organised and hosted by Prof. Gunther Teubner, UM – HiiL Chair in the Internationalisation of Law.

Videos taped during the conference can be found here.

M Steinbeis, ‘Occupy the law!’, Article / Conference report published simultaneously in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung F.A.Z. on 23 May 2012 and on the German language Verfassungsblog. Click here for the English translation.