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Diversity and Integration in Private International Law$
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Verónica Ruiz Abou-Nigm and María Blanca Noodt Taquela

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474447850

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474447850.001.0001

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Bridging and Balancing: Diversity and Integration in Private International Law

Bridging and Balancing: Diversity and Integration in Private International Law

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Diversity and Integration in Private International Law

Verónica Ruiz Abou-Nigm

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter calls for the mobilization of private international law, reflecting on the pitfalls of private international law’s outreach and the lack of awareness of the potential that its methodologies and techniques have in contributing to the necessary accommodation of different legal cultures. Bridging legal diversity is more often than not a complex task. Private international law thinking, however, is developed to do just that. The challenge is how to tailor the streaming of private international law thinking in a manner that becomes relevant to the day-to-day life of lawyers and ordinary people. The question is how to do so openly and effectively. To this purpose, this chapter introduces the concept of ‘pluralistic thinking’ as developed in social psychology, with the aim of grasping where the cognitive barriers to fully understand the potential of private international law come from, and of generating ideas in relation to the building blocks for further embracement of diversity. This final chapter engages with culturalist approaches to provide insights that could prove enlightening to private international law practice, particularly in the context of regional integration. Bringing together several threads in this book, this final chapter portrays private international law as a methodology that embraces multiplicity and pluralism in the accommodation of legal diversity.

Keywords:   legal diversity, Pluralistic thinking, Diversity and pluralism, Inclusive integration processes, Mobilization of private international law, Culturalists approaches

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