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The world is changing rapidly, and there are increasing calls for international legal responses. There is and will be increasing social change in areas such as globalization, development, demography, democratization, and technology. Because of this change, international relations does and will occupy an expanding proportion of the concerns of citizens and the responsibilities of states. This will drive greater production of international law and organizational structures. The resulting denser body of law and organizations will take on more prominent governmental functions. It is in this sense that the future of international law is global government. This book draws together the theoretical and practical aspects of international cooperation needs and legal responses in critical areas of international concern. On this basis, the book predicts that a more extensive, powerful, and varied international legal system will be needed to cope with future opportunities and challenges.Read more
- Looks at trends in order to assess future demands for international law
- Examines demands for international law in a variety of areas, including trade, human rights, cybersecurity, environment and finance
- Argues that as the scope and complexity of international law increases, it will become increasingly constitutionalized and will take on more characteristics of global government
- Winner of the 2014 Best Book Award, International Law Section, International Studies Association
Reviews & endorsements
"The future of international law - government - may, according to some of us already be the present. What that means, however, and what challenges it poses, becomes a lot clearer by this stimulating, thoughtful and timely monograph."
J. H. H. Weiler, Editor in Chief, European Journal of International LawSee more reviews
"Trachtman’s book is an interesting and engaging addition to the literature occupied with understanding how international law will move beyond the consent-only familiar system identified with Westphalia. The greatest strength in Trachtman’s approach is his combination of a firm understanding of international law as it presently operates with an engaging analysis firmly rooted in functionalist and economic theory … a worthwhile read for anyone interested in understanding the questions which currently face international law."
Aoife O'Donoghue, Netherlands International Law Review
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- Date Published: May 2014
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107435858
- length: 318 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.43kg
- contains: 6 b/w illus. 8 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: the crisis in international law
2. Reasons for international law and organization
3. International law and organization as a system for transnational political linkage
4. The futurology of international law
6. Human rights
7. Environmental protection and public health
8. Global regulation of finance
9. Economic liberalization: trade, intellectual property, migration, and investment
10. Fragmentation, synergy, coherence, and institutional choice
11. International legal constitutionalization
12. Conclusion: functionalism revisited.
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