The Future of International Law

The Future of International Law : Global Government

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The world is changing rapidly and there are increasing calls for international and legal responses. Social changes in areas such as globalization, development, demography, democratization and technology are growing in importance for both citizens and states. Over time this will be reflected in international law and organizational structures, which will have more prominence in governmental functions. In this sense the future of international law is global government. This book draws together the theoretical and practical aspects of international cooperation needs and legal responses in critical areas of global concern and predicts that a more extensive, powerful and varied international legal system will be needed to cope with future opportunities and more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 6 b/w illus. 8 tables
  • 1139604449
  • 9781139604444

Table of contents

1. Introduction: the crisis in international law; 2. Reasons for international law and organization; 3. International law and organization as a system for transnational political linkage; 4. The futurology of international law; 5. Cyberspace; 6. Human rights; 7. Environmental protection and public health; 8. Global regulation of finance; 9. Economic liberalization: trade, intellectual property, migration, and investment; 10. Fragmentation, synergy, coherence, and institutional choice; 11. International legal constitutionalization; 12. Conclusion: functionalism more

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'The future of international law - government - may, according to some of us already be the present. What that means, however, and what challenges it poses, becomes a lot clearer by this stimulating, thoughtful and timely monograph.' J. H. H. Weiler, Editor in Chief, European Journal of International Law 'Trachtman's book is an interesting and engaging addition to the literature occupied with understanding how international law will move beyond the consent-only familiar system identified with Westphalia. The greatest strength in Trachtman's approach is his combination of a firm understanding of international law as it presently operates with an engaging analysis firmly rooted in functionalist and economic theory ... a worthwhile read for anyone interested in understanding the questions which currently face international law.' Aoife O'Donoghue, Netherlands International Law Reviewshow more

About Joel P. Trachtman

Joel P. Trachtman is Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. The author of more than eighty scholarly publications, Professor Trachtman's books include The International Law of Economic Migration: Toward the Fourth Freedom (2009), Ruling the World: Constitutionalism, International Law, and Global Governance (2009), Developing Countries in the WTO Legal System (2009), The Economic Structure of International Law (2008) and International Law and International Politics (2008). He has consulted for the United Nations, the OECD, APEC, the World Bank, the Organization of American States, and the US Agency for International Development. He has served as a member of the boards of the American Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Economic Law, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs and the Singapore Yearbook of International more

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