• Emerging transnational law undermines traditional concepts of law and legal theory

  • Man müßte ein Recht, aber auch ein gerechtes Jenseits des Rechts entwickeln.


    J. Derrida

New forms of law and its creation, new modes of adjudication and dispute settlement, as well as new enforcement mechanisms in the transnational constellation challenge traditional understandings of law and corresponding legal theory. Inspired by critical engagements with the notion of the force of law, the project aims at developing a concept of a transnational force of law that addresses these challenges. To this end, it combines a comprehensive interest in legal theory and a legal philosophy with empirical research in three areas of transnational law — lex digitalis, lex financiaria and lex agraria.

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Lecture: Shalini Randeria

Zentrum für Europäische Rechtspolitik, 18:00 - 20:00 Uhr

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Lex agraria

global agricultural markets

investigates the law of the global agricutlural economy and asks about the ways in which conflicts between a capitalist logic of profit maximization and democratic use of soil are negotiatied within law.


Lex digitalis

the regulation of the internet

examines the hybrid normative production in the arena of internet, with reference to the erosion of collective and individual rights against national security and private companies’ role.


Lex financiaria

the market for OTC derivatives

explores the law of transnational financial markets and its external effects using heterodox approaches to law and finance, critically evaluating the normative foundation of these markets.


research team

Transnational Force of Law is part of the Centre of European Law and Politics (ZERP)


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Andreas Fischer-Lescano

Prof. Dr.

Project leader
Transnational Force of Law

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Hannah Franzki


Research fellow

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Johan Horst


Associated Researcher


current publications

Book chapter

Sebastian Eickenjäger
Non-financial Reporting for Business Enterprises: An Effective Tool to Address Human Rights Violations?
in: Blome/Fischer-Lescano/Franzki/Markard/Oeter (eds.): Contested Regime Collisions. Norm Fragmentation in World Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 226-252.

Book chapter

Johan Horst, Hannah Franzki
On the critical potential of law – and its limits: Double Fragmentation of Law in Chevron vs. Ecuador.
in: Blome/ Franzki/Fischer-Lescano/Markard/Oeter (eds.): Contested Regime Collisions: Norm Fragmentation in World Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Cannelle Lavite
Les lanceurs d'alerte: coupalbe ou héros? Comment améliorer leur protection en Europe et ou Luxembourg
Talk for Collectif Tax Justice Lëtzebuerg (Luxemburg).


Johan Horst
Distribution and the Law of Financial Markets
on: Transregional Academies