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Berman article reprinted in Brazilian journal


November 04, 2010

An article, “Global Legal Pluralism,” by Dean Paul Schiff Berman of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, is now posted on the Brazil-based website, UniBrasil Cadernos de Escola de Direito e Relaçoes Internacionais (Notebook of Law School and International Relations).

“This article grapples with the complexities of law in a world of hybrid legal spaces, where a single act or actor is potentially regulated by multiple legal or quasi-legal regimes,” Berman writes. “In order to conceptualize this world, I introduce literature on legal pluralism, and I suggest that, following its insights, we need to realize that normative conflict among multiple, overlapping legal systems is unavoidable and might even sometimes be desirable, both as a source of alternative ideas and as a site for discourse among multiple community affiliations.”

Berman’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of international law, conflict of laws, cyberspace law, and the cultural analysis of law. Before arriving at ASU, Berman was the Jesse Root Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Berman earned his A.B., summa cum laude, from Princeton University in 1988 and his J.D. in 1995 from New York University School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the NYU Law Review.