1 Transnat'l Legal Theory iii (2010)

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Welcome to the inaugural issue of Transnational Legal Theory (TLT), a peer-reviewed
journal published by Hart Publishing. As Convening Editor charged with initiating and
overall editing of TLT, I am both delighted and humbled by the response to TLT in its
formative stages. In particular, a second-to-none group of scholars from around the
world, spanning a number of sub-disciplines and a range of theoretical approaches within
the legal academy, has enthusiastically signed on as TLT's editorial team. Almost to the
person, each expressed the view that just this sort of journal is needed at this juncture in
the evolution of legal scholarship worldwide.
'LT will publish high-quality theoretical scholarship that addresses transnational
dimensions of law and legal dimensions of transnational fields and activity. We seek to be
a journal of first recourse for scholars seeking to push the boundaries of contemporary
legal theory in ways that take seriously how transnational contexts, forces and ideations
affect debates within existing traditions, schools of legal thought, or subject-matter fields
of law. Similarly, TLT aspires to challenge scholars debating general theories about law, as
well as those working in the particular jurisprudence of a variety of fields (criminal law,
family law, tort law, the law of evidence, and so on), to integrate the relevance of
transnational contexts and dimensions into their work.
Transnational Legal Theory's mandate includes theoretical work that explores fresh (or
revived) understandings of both international law and comparative law'beyond the state'
(and the interstate). In particular, we seek works that explore the interfaces, intersections
and mutual embeddedness of public international law, private international law and
comparative law, in terms of whether and how such inter-relationships are reshaping and
blending these sub-disciplines in directions that are in important respects transnational'
in nature.
The journal is also much interested in pushing into new terrain the study of the
interaction of legal systems or legal orders in such contexts as the following examples:
constitutional law theory on the reception of various forms of external law by states' legal
orders; jurisdictional theory on the external projection of states' legal order; public law
theory on the evolution of regional legal orders such as that of the EU; theorisation of law
as'global' in contradistinction to law as either international or transnational; and process-
oriented approaches to policy formation, decision-making, and operationalisation of law,
from transjurisdictional litigation to delocalised arbitration to multi-level governance.
Importantly, it should be emphasised here that the journal's mandate is ecumenical
in an important sense, namely in that the work of the journal is not governed by any

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