One of the premises of the research programme entitled Integration of and Interaction Between Legal Orders is the continuing process of economic and political integration taking place in today’s society, both at the European and global level. This integration is partly the result of a worldwide expansion of trade, production, technology, media and transport.
Challenges accompanying such integration – for example in the context of the European Union – include finding the appropriate balance between uniformity and diversity, lending optimal shape to the institutions and instruments in order to achieve integration, and providing effective means to address the negative effects of integration, such as environmental damage and organised crime.
The term integration also relates to disintegration and the term interaction also to collision.
After all, society is increasingly confronted by conflicts between different sets of norms caused by phenomena such as the rise of multilevel law-making and migration. These conflicts can be seen at different levels of governance.
The research programme is based upon four pillars
These pillars all emphasise various aspects of integration and interaction and
include both of these relevant issues in relation to substantive and procedural law:
1. Global justice
2. Institutional transformations
3. Globalising markets
4. Cross-border cooperation and mobility.