Amsterdam Research Institute for Legal Studies

The Architecture of Postnational Rulemaking

Views from International Public Law, European Public Law and European Private Law

Where do the rules that govern our life – those that have a bearing on what we eat, drink, buy, for instance – come from? Who makes them where? For long we looked at the nation state and its laws in search of an answer. But gradually, rulemaking processes have shifted away from the state both to higher levels of governance and to private actors. Rulemaking has become postnational in this factual sense.

The research project on 'The Architecture of Postnational Rulemaking' is carried out by three centres of excellence at the UvA Faculty of Law: the Amsterdam Center for European Law and Governance (ACELG), the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) and the Center for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL). It explores processes of rulemaking that take place below the radar of traditional legal doctrine from the point of view of three different legal disciplines, public international law, European public law and European private law.

5 July 2013