Global Rule of Law - Progress Report


Background

An appreciation of the integral relationship between law, governance and society is essential to a fuller understanding of social and legal process and the goal of universalizing peace and human

dignity. Law is both a condition and a consequence of social development, an outcome of the broader social process. Values are the bedrock of that process and the driving force for social activism. Law evolves as a mechanism for conflict avoidance and resolution. The present paradigm for international law based on the absolute sovereignty of the nation-state ignores the fundamental rights of humanity as a whole. There is need to evolve a new paradigm for global rule of law at the macro and micro level and to fashion instruments for the collective exercise of human sovereignty.

Progress report

a. In 2011-12 WAAS launched a new research project in collaboration with Professor Winston Nagan on the Global Rule of Law. 

The research focused on the following major issues:

i. Global Rule of Law and Sovereignty – problems of governing an increasingly globalized world community in which legal and political power still reside largely with nation states that claim principles of national sovereignty even in actions which impact on the entire world community. 

ii. Survey of international courts and their role in the formation of international law

iii. Relationship between law and development based on the work of American Professors Lasswell and McDougal. 

b. Garry Jacobs prepared and presented a paper on at the 6th SDEWES Conference on Sustainable Development held at Dubrovnik, Croatia in September 2011 in a special session of the World Academy of Art & Science Project ‘From Crisis to Prosperity’. The paper was also published in Cadmus Journal in October 2011. 

c. A webseminar on ‘The Global Rule of Law’ was conducted in May 2012. The seminar was intended to explore the relationship between the social, political and legal dimensions of global rule of law in an effort to frame the boundaries of a wider approach to the evolution of global governance. 

d. An econference on “The Evolution of Sovereignty” was organised in May 2013 focusing on the role of sovereignty in global governance and addressing legal issues from a transdisciplinary perspective encompassing insights from the social sciences, philosophy and the humanities.

e. WAAS conducted research on cultural diplomacy and the history of the Arabs and the Jews in the Middle East and presented a paper “Cultural Diplomacy: Strategies for Psychological Evolution of the Levant” at the international conference on “Levant, Cradle of the Cultural Diplomacy: Rediscovering the Mediterranean”, on May 23-25, 2013, in Bucharest, Romania.