Corporate Law Firms, NGOs, and Issues of Legitimacy for a Global Legal Order

Yves Dezalay
Bryant G. Garth, UC Irvine School of Law


Drawing on sociological research, the article explores the question of "spillover" at national and transnational levels. It asks, in particular, whether both sides of a potential transnational legal order -- the private law side of economic law and corporate law firms on one side, and the world of NGOs and human right on the other -- might develop together (or spillover from one side to another), suggesting that the legitimacy of any potntial transnational legal order depends on some symmetry between the two sides.