The second half of the twentieth century saw the emergence of international economic law as a major force in the international legal system. This force has been severely tested by the economic crisis of 2008. Unable to prevent the crisis, the existing legal mechanisms have struggled to react against its direst consequences. This book brings together leading experts to analyse the main causes of the crisis and the role that international economic law has played in trying to prevent it, on the one hand, and worsening it, on the other. The work highlights the reaction and examines the tools that have been created by the international legal field to implement international cooperation in an effort to help put an end to the crisis and avoid similar events in the future. The volume brings together eminent legal academics and economists to examine key issues from the perspectives of trade law, financial law, and investment law with the collective aim of reform of international economic governance.
Table of Contents
Foreword, Andrew Lang. Section I Introduction: Reforming the trading and financial systems, Antonio Segura-Serrano. Section II Finance: Global economic governance and banking regulation: redesigning regulation to promote stakeholder interests, Kern Alexander; Do we need a world financial organization?, Rosa M. Lastra; Critical reflections on bank bail-ins, Emilios Avgouleas and Charles Goodhart; Staying global and neoliberal or going somewhere else? Banking regulation after the crisis, Mika Viljanen; State of necessity and sovereign insolvency, Vassilis Paliouras. Section III Trade Law: The WTO - a suitable case for treatment: is it ‘reformable’?, Friedl Weiss; Interdependence and WTO law, Chios Carmody; Reforming the law and institutions of the WTO: the dangers of unexpected consequences, Gregory Messenger; A history of success? Proportionality in international economic law, Valentina Vadi; The international trading regime and the regulation of trade in energy resources. Is reform necessary and is a new energy agreement within the WTO framework the way to go?, Jenya Grigorova; Multilevel governance in food security regulation - with the example of Costa Rican rice, Carolina Palma; WTO and renewable energy: lessons from the case law, Paolo Davide Farah and Elena Cima. Section IV Investment: Economic crises, sovereign debt restructurings and the shifting landscape of international investment law, Catharine Titi. Index.
Antonio Segura Serrano is Associate Professor, Coordinator of the Official Master of International Law and International Relations, and Vice-Secretary of the Euro-Arab Foundation of Graduate Studies at the University of Granada, Spain. He has published widely on aspects of international law both in English and Spanish.
'Students of integration will greatly profit from reading this book. There are various volumes that address each of the issues discussed here, but not from a holistic perspective. The value added lies in that this volume addresses the need for institutional cooperation in order to honour the mandate to integrate financial- trade- and any other policy where there are gains from cooperation.'
Petros C. Mavroidis, Columbia Law School, USA
Globalization proceeds in fits and starts, with periods of integration and periods of retrenchment. The Reform of International Economic Governance assembles a set of expert and insightful perspectives on where the gaps in governance lie in connection with finance, trade, and investment, and how these gaps may be filled. Highly informative, provocative, and forward-thinking.
Joel P. Trachtman, Tufts University, USA