Georgios Pavlakos

investigation of the impact of globalization on the concept of law from the point of view of General Legal Theory and the Philosophy of Law

Georgios Pavlakos was born in 1970 in Greece. He obtained a Master in Law in 1993 at the University of Athens, a LLM in Legal Theory in 1994 and a PhD in 2001, at the Edinburgh School of Law, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

The proposed research undertakes an investigation of the impact of globalization on the concept of law from the point of view of General Legal Theory and the Philosophy of Law. In addition, extensive use is made of contemporary debates in the Philosophy of Action, Social and Political Theory and Sociology. Given its interdisciplinary scope, the project focuses on structural as well as substantive aspects of legal orders with an eye to offering an explanatory framework of legal phenomena that lives up to the challenges of the globalised era. Such a framework, it is argued, needs to combine a dynamic understanding of how legal norms and categories evolve in the light of the social, economic and political changes globalization effects, with an account of the specifically normative structure of law as a source of authority, which is legitimate from the point of view of those agents who engage in globalised contexts. The two aspects, it is suggested, may be combined through an analysis of the dual character of Law as a system of co-ordination of action: on one hand, the factual aspect that pertains to legal institutional arrangements; on the other, the ideal aspect that refers to the claim law raises to be a legitimate source of normative authority.

Georgios Pavlakos is a reputed researcher with a lot of international mobility. He enjoyed a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. From the early days of his career, Dr Pavlakos has engaged in original research of international quality, a fact illustrated by the rich and consistent record of his publications. Seeking to understand the dynamics of the aspirations of political supra-national formation and of the role played by law as a social practice is nowadays a very interesting question. The proposal to find answers in a thoroughly interdisciplinary way is encouraging.