Toward a Multipolar Administrative Law-Overview

Toward a Multipolar Administrative Law

A Theoretical Perspective

New York, September 9-10, 2012

On the 9th and 10th of September, 2012, New York University (NYU) School of Law hosted  a seminar entitled “Toward a Multipolar Administrative Law – A Theoretical Perspective”.

This initiative has emerged out of the continued collaboration between the Jean Monnet Center at NYU School of Law( and IRPA (Istituto di ricerche sulla pubblica amministrazione – Institute for research on public administration) ( In September 2010 these two institutions jointly organized a two-day seminar on “The New Public Law in a Global (Dis)Order—A Perspective from Italy”: amongst the contributions presented at that event, 8 articles were published as part of the Jean Monnet Working Papers series ( and 5 of them were collected as a dedicated Symposium in I-Con, The International Journal of Constitutional Law (2011) vol. 9, issue 2, 301-448 (

The purpose of this 2012 Seminar was twofold. On the one hand, it aimed to review the major changes that occurred in the last 30 or 40 years in the field of administrative law, and to address the consequent transformations in the methods used to study this branch of law. On the other hand, it purported to favor a collective reflection by administrative law scholars around the world, and to enhance the creation of new conceptual tools as well as the use of new theoretical perspectives: discontinuity in the realm of administrative institutions requires discontinuity in the approaches adopted for studying administrative law.