Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

Winter 2012

Publication Citation

19 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 413 (2012)


The growth and interaction of legal orders beyond the state has precipitated considerable interest among scholars and practitioners. The resulting discussion both in the academy and in the upper reaches of government about the intersection of national legal orders with new areas of non-national law has led to various predictions about possible ramifications of this phenomenon. In recent years, the importance of these transnational questions has grown concurrently with the expansive creation and heightened activity of supranational and global organizations.' Some have gone so far as to herald a new global law, and others have elaborated upon its contours.2 Sabino Cassese begins his latest book, When Legal Orders Collide: The Role of Courts, by tackling a fundamental question underlying these active dialogues: Who holds together the legal orders of the world? What follows is a captivating exploration of the place of quasi-judicial bodies in navigating and directing divergences across the legal orders. A