Informal International Lawmaking (Hardback)
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Informal International Lawmaking (Hardback)

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Hardback 580 Pages / Published: 27/09/2012
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Many international norms that have emerged in recent years are not set out in formal treaties. They are not concluded in formal international organizations. They frequently involve actors other than formal state representatives. In the realm of finance, health, security, or the environment, international lawmaking is increasingly 'informal': It takes place in networks or loosely organized fora; it involves a multitude of stakeholders including regulators, experts, professional organizations and other non-state actors; it leads to guidelines, standards or best practices. This book critically assesses the concept of informal international lawmaking, its legal nature, and impact at the national and international level. It examines whether it is on the rise, as is often claimed, and if so, what the implications of this are. It addresses what actors are involved in its creation, the processes utilized, and the informal output produced. The book frames informal international lawmaking around three axes: output informality (novel types of norms), process informality (norm-making in networks outside international organizations), and actor informality (the involvement of public agencies and regulators, private actors, and international organizations). Fundamentally, the book is concerned with whether this informality causes problems in terms of keeping transnational lawmaking accountable. By empirically analysing domestic processes of norm elaboration and implementation, the book addresses the key question of how to benefit from the effectiveness of informal international lawmaking without jeopardizing the accountability necessary in the process of making law.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199658589
Number of pages: 580
Weight: 1012 g
Dimensions: 235 x 169 x 39 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Informal International Lawmaking is a valuable addition to the growing body of work engaged with understanding how various sub- and transnational behaviors not directed by states are affecting international law and international cooperation. * Charlotte Ku, University of Illinois College of Law, American Journal of International Law *
All in all, the book is a pleasure, which is not always easy to achieve with an edited volume. Those with even passing interests in international institutions will benefit from contemplation of the conceptual approaches set forth here. * David Zaring, Opinio Juris *
Informal International Lawmaking provides valuable insights into the complexities of informal governance in world affairs and draws attention to aspects of informal cooperation that have remained underemphasized in existing research in the fields of international law and international relations. It is a book that all students of informal global governance should read and engage with. * Oliver Westerwinter, Review of International Organisations *

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