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Beyond clichés about the globalization of law is the reality that the borders between substantive areas of practice have blurred. For example, lawyers in all areas of private law need to understand the basics of human rights law, sustainable development and other regulatory issues. Also, more than ever before, differences between civil law and common law philosophies are causing tension, as cross-border practitioners cope with varying views on privilege, class actions and arbitration. Some multinational companies rival sovereign nations in terms of number of employees and control of aspects of people’s lives. What does this mean for lawyers in both the public and private spheres?