Commentary to Andreas Fischer- Lescano & Gunther Teubner. The Legitimacy of International Law and the Role of the State

It will come as a surprise to many readers that Professor Teubner presented their fascinating contribution on regime collision to the Michigan Journal of International Law’s Symposium on a panel devoted to “the Role of the State in International Law.” Indeed, one could not imagine better devil’s advocates than Professor Teubner and Dr. Andreas Fischer-Lescano. They propose a radical break with a concept of international law and order based on the autonomous will of Nation-States. Accordingly, legal regulation does not only, if at all, emanate from Nation-States, but from a panoply of other public and, mostly, private actors. Thus, the authors dismiss all claims of an “orgaizational or dogmatic unity of international law.