This text seeks to situate socio-legal studies in a global context. Law and society scholarship in the United States and elsewhere
typically assumes one legal system and one society and explores the relationship between them. Such a narrow endeavor perpetuates
a Western international relations model that too often conflates law, culture and the nation-state. A more global socio-legal
perspective engages with multiple laws and societies within and across national borders and recognizes diverse socio-legal
systems based on very different historical and cultural traditions, interacting on multiple local, national and global levels.
This more global perspective also reveals an array of transnational issues including regional conflicts, genocide, mass immigration,
environmental degradation, and climate change that have consistently defied resolution via conventional international system
of governance. The approach to global legal pluralism outlined here seeks to provide a framework for envisioning new global
governance regimes that move beyond state-based solutions to deal with trenchant transnational challenges.