GLOBAL ADMINISTRATIVE LAW: Towards a Lex Administrativa

Javier Robalino-Orellana and Jaime Rodríguez-Arana Muñoz

This book presents a series of studies in the emerging field of Global Administrative Law. It departs from the original studies of the Institute of International Law and Justice of New York University School of Law, but moves ahead into new aspects, although always keeping a link: a common understanding of the principles of law.

The chapters in this book consider the principles, concepts and expressions of Global Administrative Law from a transversal perspective, covering fields like International Jurisprudence as a means to Global Administrative Law, Global Environmental Law, Global Law and Global Constitutionalism, Human Rights in the Global Administration, Global Administrative Law and the EU Directives, Comparative Law as a means to Global Law, Globalization and the Rule of Law, International Police and Global Procedures, Global Administrative Law and Bilateral Investment Treaties, and US and EU standards for Globalization: that set the pace in the world.

The subjects dealt with in this book are not only connected with the concepts of globalization and Global Administrative Law. Those subjects are linked by common principles of law, which are present in local, regional, communitarian or international arenas. These principles are being codified by treaties and local laws and regulations, or construed by municipal or international case law, or simply applied by the actions, measures and decisions of local instrumentalities and multilateral agencies. In any case, those principles are in permanent interaction and consolidation.

This global process not only enhances the emergence of Global Administrative Law, but it is also creating a broad, almost universal, acknowledgement of principles and concepts that global governance requires.

There is an undeniable process of a global homologation of principles of administrative, comparative and international law under different legal systems.

We are moving towards a lex administrativa.

Javier Robalino Orellana is Professor of Administrative and International Law at San Francisco University of Quito, Ecuador and Visiting Professor at Carlos III University, Madrid, Spain. He is a partner at Pérez Bustamante & Ponce Abogados, one of the leading law firms in Ecuador. He is actively involved in the fields of oil and energy, international investment and commercial arbitration. He is also a foreign associate of King & Spalding.

Mr. Robalino has served as director and consultant of the Quito Chamber of Industry, consultant and member of the regulatory streamlining committee of the Office of the President of Ecuador, and assistant to the president of the Supreme Court of Ecuador.

He is an arbitrator at the International Arbitration and Mediation Center, a member of the Energy Arbitrators’ List, President of the Ecuador Chapter of the Club Español de Arbitraje and vice president of the Ibero-American Forum on Administrative Law. He is a member of the Academic Council of Cremades Calvo & Sotelo of Madrid, among other memberships.


Jaime Rodríguez-Arana Muñoz is Doctor at Law and Professor of Administrative Law at the University of La Coruna. He also heads the editorial board of the Journal of Administrative Documentation and the Journal of Public Policy Analysis and Management, and runs the Ibero-American Journal of Public Administration.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Latin American Centre of Administration for Development, of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Administrative Science, and is a member of the Scientific Board of the European Institute of Public Administration, and also of the Ibero-American Organization of Inter-municipal Cooperation.

He has been the Director of the National Institute of Public Administration and Vice President of the International Association of Judicial Methodology, a national Member of Parliament for the province of La Coruna, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration, President of the Foundation International Institute of Public Administration, Director of the Galician School of Public Administration, Director of the Canary Island Institute of Public Administration, Director of the Department of Administrative Law at the University of La Laguna, Judge of the Canary Island High Court of Justice and a member of the Commission of Experts for the Reform of the Senate.

ISBN 13: 978 1 907174 04 9

• Paperback • 2010 • £54.00