Global Justice and International Economic Law

Global Justice and International Economic Law : Opportunities and Prospects

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Since the beginnings of the GATT and the Bretton Woods institutions, and on to the creation of the WTO, states have continued to develop institutions and legal infrastructure to promote global interdependence. International lawyers are experts in understanding how these institutions operate in practice, but they tend to uncritically accept comparative advantage as the principal normative criterion to justify these institutions. In contrast, moral and political philosophers have developed accounts of global justice, but these accounts have had relatively little influence on international legal scholarship and on institutional design. This volume reflects the results of a symposium held at Tillar House, the American Society of International Law headquarters in Washington, DC, in November 2008, which brought together philosophers, legal scholars and economists to discuss the problems of understanding international economic law from the standpoints of rights and justice, in particular from the standpoint of distributive justice.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 maps 1 table
  • 113900395X
  • 9781139003957

Table of contents

Part I. Theorizing Justice in International Economic Institutions: 1. Approaching global justice through human rights: elements of theory and practice Carol C. Gould; 2. Global equality of opportunity as an institutional standard of distributive justice Daniel Butt; 3. Human persons, human rights, and the distributive structure of global justice Robert C. Hockett; 4. Global economic fairness: internal principles Aaron James; Part II. How Justice Gets Done in International Economic Institutions: 5. The conventional morality of trade Chin Leng Lim; 6. The political geography of distributive justice Jeffrey L. Dunoff; 7. Democratic governance, distributive justice and development Chantal Thomas; Part III. Skepticism about the Role of Justice in International Economic Institutions: 8. Global justice and trade Fernando Teson and Jonathan Klick; 9. Jam tomorrow: a critique of international economic law Barbara Stark; 10. Doing justice: the economics and politics of international distributive justice Joel P. Trachtman.
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