Academic journal article Boston College Law Review

Editors' Foreword: Filling Power Vacuums in the New Global Legal Order

Academic journal article Boston College Law Review

Editors' Foreword: Filling Power Vacuums in the New Global Legal Order

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When editors from our two publications met with our interna- tional law faculty to plan a symposium, we had a distinct goal to exam- ine a question that has thus far received minimal scholarly attention: after power has been decentralized from a state-centric monopoly, where does it flow, and what forms does it take?

The resulting symposium took place on October 12, 2012 at Bos- ton College Law School and consisted of three panels and a keynote address. In Globalization, Deregulation, Power, and Agency, five scholars considered the regulatory lacunae in contemporary globalization and the actors that exploit them to shape our global relations through their opportunistic exercise of power and influence. Legal Practice and the Le- gal Profession in the Global World addressed how the devolution of power to other spheres affects legal practice internationally. Anne-Marie Slaughter, one of the preeminent names in international law and global governance studies, provided the keynote address. Finally, Com- bat Strategies and the Law of War in the Age of Terrorism analyzed the need for new rules of engagement and a modified understanding of the law of war as a result of the war on terror. …

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