Trade & Economic Law

I draw your attention to the title. It is an amalgamation of two phrases. Follow the money is pithy, even a little crass. It is often uttered in television crime dramas, usually to aid the protagonist identify the culprit. The Misery of International Law is the title of a book by Linarelli, Salomon, and Sornorajah. So provocative is this text on International Economic Law (IEL) that it...

Call for Papers Trade, Law and Development Special Issue on Trade and Technology: The Trade, Law and Development Journal is now inviting unpublished manuscripts for publication of its Special Issue on "Trade and Technology: Rebooting Global Trade for the Digital Millennium" (Vol. 13 No. 1, Winter ’21 Issue) in the form of Articles, Notes, Comments and Book Reviews. An illustrative list of areas under...

[Andreas Buser is a senior research assistant at Freie Universität Berlin and lecturer of international economic law at the Institute of International Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Law at TU Dresden in summer 2021. He is affiliated with the KFG-Research Group “The Rule of International Law – Rise or Decline” and serves as a co-investigator within the Berlin-Glasgow research project...

[James J. Nedumpara is a Professor and Head of Centre for Trade and Investment Law, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi.] Andreas Buser’s “Emerging Powers, Global Justice and International Economic Law” is a deeply engaging work. The ‘Rise of the Rest’ signalled a remarkable shift within global power dynamics. The emerging powers represent a sizeable proportion of the global population....

[Henrique Choer Moraes is a Diplomat for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil and a PhD candidate at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies. All the views and opinions expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the government of Brazil.] The book by Andreas Buser discusses how “economic powershifts toward some countries associated...

[Anna Hankings-Evans is a German-Ghanaian attorney with focus on foreign investments into Sub-Saharan Africa.] It was a pleasure reading Andreas Buser’s book on the development and potential transformation of International Economic Law through the engagement of Emerging Powers. The book carefully weighs the perspectives of powerful and less powerful States to dissect and challenge what has been conventionally understood as the truth. Power is indeed...

What is power? Which states have it, and which don’t? Are there some processes that accelerate its ascendancy and others that quicken its decay? Most of all, how does public international law (PIL) correspond to this concept and to these processes? In Emerging Powers and the International Order, Andreas Buser touches upon all of these questions. In the following post,...

[Congyan Cai is a Professor of International Law at Fudan University School of Law.] The landscape of international power has seen considerable realignment in the past decade, which is expected to continue in coming years. A couple of former less powerful states whose voices were silenced have increased their capability to influence international economic governance and their economic power continues to grow. In contrast, those great powers...

[Helmut Philipp Aust is a Professor of Law at the Freie Universität Berlin.] For the last few years, the world has been enthralled by the gradual withdrawal of the United States from its previous role as a key actor shaping the global economic order through multilateral institutions and based on rules of international law. Probably the trademark of the Trump administration, its slogan “America first” easily translated...

This week, we have the pleasure of hosting an exciting discussion on Andreas Buser's recent book, Emerging Powers, Global Justice and International Economic Law: Reformers of an Unjust Order? published by Springer. From the Publisher: The book assesses emerging powers’ influence on international economic law and analyses whether their rhetoric of reforming this ‘unjust’ order translates into concrete reforms. The questions at the...

Featured Announcement BIICL Training Courses Spring 2021 The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) now offers training courses in a virtual format. BIICL virtual courses are led by the Institute's leading researchers, together with external experts and distinguished practitioners. The course format consists of a series of sessions in which live teaching is offered via Zoom. Participants are able to...

By Laura Knöpfel (Senior Research Fellow Transnational Law Institute, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London) and Carlos López (Senior Legal Adviser, International Commission of Jurists) With the rejection of the popular Business Responsible Initiative (RBI) in Switzerland, the parliamentary counterproposal is due to enter into force soon. The counterproposal introduces a new article 964 in the Swiss Code of Obligations to require...