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Contract as normative regulation and its relation to the rule of law

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Publication date2017
Host publicationThe Politics of Private Transnational Governance by Contract
EditorsA. Claire Cutler, Thomas Dietz
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781315409566
ISBN (Print)9781138221758
Original languageEnglish


In this chapter, I focus on the interaction between the rule of law and contract: the norm of the rule of law offers contract support for its legal form as an agreement between equals, while contract offers the rule of law a mechanism by which its normative generality can be established beyond the limits of formalized public law. To understand the power of the norms of the rule of law beyond the realm of formalized law, we need to understand how the mechanisms of contract both respond to the rule of law’s normative agenda, but also carry this agenda past the limits of formalized legality.