Transparency in International Law

Transparency in International Law

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While its importance in domestic law has long been acknowledged, transparency has until now remained largely unexplored in international law. This study of transparency issues in key areas such as international economic law, environmental law, human rights law and humanitarian law brings together new and important insights on this pressing issue. Contributors explore the framing and content of transparency in their respective fields with regard to proceedings, institutions, law-making processes and legal culture, and a selection of cross-cutting essays completes the study by examining transparency in international law-making and more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3 b/w illus. 7 tables
  • 1139108840
  • 9781139108843

Review quote

'... how much transparency can the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) sustain in humanitarian work, how much secrecy is indispensable? ... How much secrecy does warfare need? This volume is full of these kinds of questions, and awakens the reader's curiosity, and leaves him or her at once enlightened and captivated by new questions and puzzles. Could one express higher praise for an academic book?' Ulrich K. Preuss, International Journal of Constitutional Law 'Transparency in International Law represents the most comprehensive effort to date to systematise and make intelligible the concept for all international lawyers. In that regard, it has been successful: besides being comprehensive, the book is unified by the very openness through which its contributors have engaged with the concept of transparency, an approach that has allowed each chapter to be highly concept-specific without detracting from the overall aim of the volume.' Gleider I. Hernandez, The Journal of World Investment and Trade 'Unlike many edited books, which may vary both in focus and in the quality of the different contributions, this volume showcases highly qualified authors throughout its pages. The introduction and conclusions by Bianchi and Peters encapsulate and expand the thoughts expressed in the substantive chapters ... The editors have given us new and important insights in the value and function of transparency in international legal cooperation. ... they have succeeded in placing transparency on the agenda for international law research.' Geir Ulfstein, American Journal of International Law .show more

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. On power and illusion: the concept of transparency in international law Andrea Bianchi; Part I. International Environmental Law: 2. Transparency and international environmental institutions Jutta Brunnee and Ellen Hey; 3. Global or European only?: International law on transparency in environmental matters for members of the public Jonas Ebbesson; Part II. International Economic Law: 4. Transparency in international financial institutions Luis Hinojosa Martinez; 5. Institutional transparency in the WTO Panagiotis Delimatsis; 6. Transparency in international investment law: the good, the bad, and the murky Julie Maupin; 7. Transparency and exchange of information in international taxation Carlo Garbarino and Sebastiano Garufi; 8. Transparency and intellectual property protection in international law Thomas Cottier and Michelangelo Temmerman; Part III. International Human Rights Law: 9. The human right to information as a vehicle for transparency Jonathan Klaaren; 10. Transparency at home: how well do governments share human rights information with citizens? Cosette Creamer and Beth A. Simmons; Part IV. International Health Law: 11. Institutional transparency in global health law-making: the World Health Organization and the implementation of the international health regulations Emily Bruemmer and Allyn Taylor; Part V. International Humanitarian Law: 12. Behind the flag of Dunant: secrecy and the compliance mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross Steven R. Ratner; 13. How much secrecy does warfare need? Orna Ben-Naftali and Roy Peled; Part VI. International Peace and Security Law: 14. Transparency in the Security Council Antonios Tzanakopoulos; 15. Transparency as a cornerstone of disarmament and non-proliferation regimes Mirko Sossai; Part VII. Cross-cutting Issues: 16. Transparency in international law-making Alan Boyle and Kasey McCall-Smith; 17. Transparency in international adjudication Thore Neumann and Bruno Simma; 18. Transparency and business in international law: governance between norm and technique Larry Cata Backer; 19. Power and the public: the nature and effects of formal transparency policies in global governance institutions Megan Donaldson and Benedict Kingsbury; Conclusion: 20. Towards transparency as a global norm Anne more