Governing globalization through law implies building the rule of law without a world State, and therefore rethinking the tool that law, traditionally identified with the State, represents in the face of the interdependencies born of globalization and the challenges they generate. Economic and financial crises; social crisis; global terrorism; the humanitarian disaster of migrations; the climate crisis and, to top it all off, the coronavirus health crisis: it is time to take them seriously, as the cacophony of this polycrisis amplifies. As if citizen indignation at security abuses, the anger of the yellow vests at social inequalities, the revolt of the younger generations and the call of scientists before climate change had not been enough, it took a simple virus, smaller than a butterfly's wing, to shake the world, to the point of finally shaking the certainties of our leaders.
The great powers, or merely thinking of themselves as such, proud of their new technologies and convinced of their political and/or economic power, are proving incapable of coordinating on a global scale. As if this tiny living being had come as a messenger to challenge our globalized humanity and reveal its fragility, offering it one last chance to realize its common destiny. In sum, a human commitment to better govern a galloping and unpredictable globalization.
by Mireille Delmas-Marty