Regional Integration and Law: An Approach to Issues of Theory and Practice
When the single-polar world changes, the integration procedures that characterise the entire regionalization process become even more important. Regional integration becomes an unavoidable aspect of the process of development.
This article examines the content, types, and various types of classification of regional-level integration that exist in doctrine, formulates classification and stages of integration procedures based on the scopes of cooperation, investigates «new regionalism » tendencies, and presents an original concept of establishing international regional law as a branch of international law at the current stage of social development. New branches and sub-branches of law, institutions, and norms are regularly added to the legal system, making it more efficient overall. The study of integrational processes in the context of geopolitical competitiveness development, as well as the active formation of new regional economic, social, and military-political spaces, necessitates the mobilisation of not only political, social, and economic resources, but also legal resources. The author identified a number of signs such as fusion and interconnection of national interests, which ensures a balance of national interests of member-states of regional formations on the one hand, and the interests of the regional formation itself on the other, through a complex analysis of integrational processes within the framework of current regional formations. The author supports the conclusion that the construction and functioning of such regional formations are impossible without the presence of international regional law, an element of which can have a certain amount of autonomy in terms of both national and international law.
Author (S) Details
Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Russia.
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