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Global Governance and Its Effects on State and Law


Martin Belov

The sixth volume in the series of the Central and Eastern European Forum for Legal, Political, and Social Theory Yearbook is focused on the effects of globalisation and global governance on state, law and society. It addresses the great structural and systemic changes in the fundamental constitutional and political concepts produced by the above mentioned phenomena. The main issues which are discussed in the book are the crisis of authority, the crisis of territoriality, the shifting constitutional geometry, the constitutional identity, the territorial irresponsibility of capital, the horizontalisation of human rights, the new constitutional and political roles of the transnational corporations and the global religions as well as the influence of the supranational jurisdictions on the supranational and national legal orders.
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The Concept of Sovereignty and the Transnational Challenge of Global Religions. A Theoretical Framework



This paper aims at analysing the concept of sovereignty from a peculiar perspective. Instead of the typical global powers considered by scholars (economic and financial powers), it will pay specific attention to global religions. After an initial clarification of what “religions” are intended to be from this viewpoint, the paper will discuss the idea, proposed by an eminent academic, to consider global religions as “new transnational nations.” Does this idea represent only a useful metaphor or a realistic perspective not to be underrated? May we make a persuasive comparison between the classic elements of a state and the contemporary structure of global religions?

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