Post-Modern Challenges of Transnational Law for the European Union

Assist. Prof. Matej Avbelj, PhD

1 August 2013–31 July 2015

Project description

The European Union, including its legal dimension, has become a very popular subject of scientific research. However, most studies have focused on so-called European home affairs. This project thus differs from the conventional research approach in that it places a much greater emphasis on EU foreign affairs and the external environment of the European Union, which has been increasingly marked and influenced by so-called transnational law in recent times. This has not only resulted in distinct practical challenges for the EU but has actually triggered a process of transformation in conceptual terms that promises the decline of the modern legal and political era and the beginning of a post-modern period that entails a shift to a new legal paradigm: legal pluralism.

The project is financed by the Slovenian Research Agency in accordance with the Call for Proposals to Receive (Co-)Financing for Research Projects in 2012 (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia No. 86/2011 of 28 October 2011).

Project results

The project will culminate in the development of a normative model of the best possible structural relationship between the EU and transnational law. This model will eventually be used to predict possible legal and political scenarios for the European Union in times of globalisation and post-modernity. The final and main aim of the project is the publication of its findings in a scientific monograph issued by a leading European publisher that has published some of our earlier works.