This collection explores the analytical, empirical and normative components that distinguish socio-legal approaches to international economic law both from each other, and from other approaches. It pays particular attention to the substantive focus (what) of socio-legal approaches, noting that they go beyond the text to consider context and, often, subtext. In the process of identifying the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ (analytical and empirical tools) of their own socio-legal approaches, contributors to this collection reveal why they or anyone else ought to bother--the many reasons ‘why’ it is important, for theory and for practice, to take a social legal approach to international economic law.
"Throughout its interrogation of text, context, and subtext, the book’s objective is to explore IEL’s dimensions ‘sometimes for the objective purpose of achieving clarity, sometimes with a view to changing them’ (p. 15). Some contributions are particularly incisive—those of Tan, Cotterell, and Frerichs, as well as Perry-Kessaris herself, might be singled out for special mention in this regard." - Fiona Smith for Journal of International Economic Law (2014, 17, 867–869)
Part 1: Approaching International Economic Law 1. What Does It mean to Take a Socio-Legal Approach to International Economic Law? Amanda Perry-Kessaris 2. Navigating New Landscapes: Socio-Legal Mapping of Plurality and Power in International Economic Law Celine Tan 3. Law, Economy, and Society in the Global Age: Taking Stock of an Emerging Field of Studies Sabine Frerichs Part 2: Context: Concepts and Relationships, Facts and Methods 4. ‘Constrained Openness’: A Prologue to a Theory on the Interaction between WTO and General International Law Ronnie Yearwood 5. (Re)conceptualising Regional Trade as a Socio-Legal Phenomenon Clair Gammage 6. Tournaments for Global Authority: The Politics of Primacy in the Ecology of International Trade Law Organizations Terence C. Halliday and Susan Block-Lieb 7. Framing and Blaming: The Case of Human Trafficking David Nelken 8. Cosmopolitanism Meets Political Economy: The Case of International Investment Law David Schneiderman 9. Reflexive International Economic Law: Balancing Economic and Social Goals in the Construction of Law Cecilia Flores Elizondo 10. The Nature of Law in Transnational Economic Networks Roger Cotterrell Part 3: Subtext: Values and Interests 11. A Qui l’Homme Sauvage?: Discours and Discourse on Agreements between Mining Corporations and Indigenous Communities Deval Desai 12. Cultural Heritage v Foreign Investment: Win, Loss or Draw? Valentina Vadi 13. Global Justice Disembedded: The Potential of Socio-Legal Theory and Practice Kirsteen Shields 14. ‘You are on my property’: Economic, Legal and Moral Objections to Regulation from a Banker’s Perspective Ioannis Glinavos 15. Corporate Respect for Human Rights: Right Subtext, Wrong Concept? Sally Wheeler 16. How Do You Socialise Economic Actors: Embedded, ‘Socially Responsible’ and/or ‘Human Rights Respecting’ Corporations? Aurora Voiculescu