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Ruling the Law

Ruling the Law
Legitimacy and Failure in Latin American Legal Systems

Part of ASCL Studies in Comparative Law

  • Publication planned for: February 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107178397

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  • The North-South global divide is as much about perception and prejudice as it is about economic disparities. Latin America is no less ruled by hegemonic misrepresentations of its national legal systems. The European image of its laws mostly upholds legal legitimacy and international comity. By contrast, diagnoses of excessive legal formalism, an extraordinary gap between law and action, inappropriate European transplants, elite control, pervasive inefficiencies, and massive corruption call for wholesale law reform. Misrepresented to the level of becoming fictions, these ideas nevertheless have profound influence on US foreign policy, international agency programs, private disputes, and academic research. Jorge Esquirol identifies their materialization in global governance – mostly undermining Latin American states in legal geopolitics – and their deployment by private parties in transnational litigation and international arbitration. Bringing unrelenting legal realism to comparative law, this study explores new questions in international relations, focusing on the power dynamics among national legal systems.

    • Challenges the image of permanent failure of Latin American law
    • Demonstrates the role of legal ideology in comparative law
    • Delineates a relatively new field of study in international relations, focusing on the power dynamics among national legal systems
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    • Publication planned for: February 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107178397
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The fiction of legal Europeanness
    2. The fiction of failed law
    3. The geopolitics of Latin American legal fictions
    4. Latin American cases
    Concluding thoughts.

  • Author

    Jorge L. Esquirol, Florida International University, School of Law
    Jorge L. Esquirol is a founding faculty member of the College of Law at Florida International University and the school's first international programs director. He was previously academic affairs director at the Harvard Law School Graduate Program and then faculty member at Northeastern University School of Law. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School J.D. and S.J.D. programs and Georgetown University undergraduate in finance. Professor Esquirol is the 2016 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento in Italy. He has published various books and articles on law in Latin America, including publications in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

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