Publications / 12.11.2020

Legal neocolonialism / Izvestia

Globalization manifests itself in various areas and is sweeping in its penetration of our lives. For instance, the happy owners of expensive cars with satellite alarm systems might have wondered that if the all-seeing eye that protects the property is hovering in space. This means that it tracks the location of the item globally, ignoring any borders and political systems. The availability of the service, just as with international roaming, Get Taxi or Uber is just a whimsical type of globalization.

It is virtually impossible to turn back or to slow down the spread of such universal features of modern life: they enter our world by themselves, regardless of anyone’s will or national contexts. There are behemoths in global geopolitics and the world economy, which, despite centripetal trends, are demonstrated most strikingly in the legal plane. We are referring to two types of globalization here: international sanctions and the global prominence of the English legal system in international business. Although both these tools are initiated by specific persons, their expansion is, on the whole, a natural process, as, for example, in the case of taxi services. The process depends little if at all on who is in power – the Republicans or the Democrats.

Andrey Gusev, an expert in international law and Managing Partner at law firm Borenius, has written an article for Izvestia newspaper about sanctions and English law as the main instruments of globalization.

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