The Global Law Program aims at developing a new legal philosophy and legal theory in accordance with the undergoing changes of the global age.
The Global Law Program stands on the hypothesis that, for law, globalization and the ongoing European project raises not only a problem of scale, but also a core transformation in the nature and form of regulation, as well in the modes of norm-making and implementation.
The Global Law Program implements the Brussels’ School methodology. On the one hand, it follows a philosophical approach to global law based on a conceptual and historical analysis of ideas and, on the other hand, it implements a pragmatic approach based on the empirical study and analysis of new “fields”of global law.
The Global Law Program is funded by the Belgian National Fund for Collective Research (F.R.F.C) and by the European Union 7th Framework program.
The main « fields » of global law studied by the Perelman Centre are:
• The regulation of global communication networks, internet and virtual worlds
• Corporate Social Responsibility
• Global warming and emissions-trading markets
• Dialogue between judges
• Transnational human rights litigation and the emergence of new rights-based Ius Gentium
• Instruments in the global fight against terrorism
• Technical norms and standards as privileged instruments of global regulation
• Europe as laboratory of global law