Michaels looks at implications of “Brexit” vote for the future of transnational law
In a new paper, Professor Ralf Michaels posits that the British vote to leave the European Union is a manifestation of a globalized nationalism that is found in many EU member states and other countries. As such, he says, it is also a challenge of the idea of transnational law, which he argues has become “an elitist project” that, in order to regain relevance must seriously address the complaints of those who feel excluded from it.
Michaels, the Arthur Larson Professor of Law, is an expert in comparative law and conflict of laws. His current research focuses mainly on the role of domestic courts in globalization, the role of conflict of laws as a theory of global legal fragmentation, and the status and relevance of law beyond the state.