The Multiple Facets of Law Enforcement

  • Jürgen BasedowEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law book series (GSCL, volume 30)


Ordering society and economy by means of legal rules is a widespread objective in modern times. The effectiveness of such rules therefore is a common concern in many countries. This paper sheds light upon the relation between substantive laws and enforcement and on the characteristic features of various enforcement tools. One of the trends of modern legal development is the quasi-experimental use of varying enforcement measures of administrative law, private law and criminal law, highlighted by the examples of competition law and consumer law. A second trend outlined in the paper is the one towards alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in its various forms: arbitration, ombudsman complaint procedures, mediation and conciliation. A further part deals with societal, non-legal enforcement mechanisms which are gaining ground especially in cross-border relations increasingly governed by soft law.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private LawHamburgGermany
  2. 2.University of HamburgHamburgGermany
  3. 3.Institut de droit internationalHamburgGermany

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