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Ruling the World?
Constitutionalism, International Law, and Global Governance


Jeffrey L. Dunoff, Joel P. Trachtman, David Kennedy, Andreas Paulus, Michael Doyle, Bardo Fassbender, Neil Walker, Stephen Gardbaum, Mattias Kumm, Daniel Halberstam, Miguel Poiares Maduro, Samantha Besson
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  • Date Published: October 2009
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521735490

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  • Ruling the World?: Constitutionalism, International Law, and Global Governance provides an interdisciplinary analysis of the major developments and central questions in debates over international constitutionalism at the UN, EU, WTO, and other sites of global governance. The essays in this volume explore controversial empirical and structural questions, doctrinal and normative issues, and questions of institutional design and positive political theory. Ruling the World? grows out of a three-year research project that brought twelve leading scholars together to create a comprehensive and integrated framework for understanding global constitutionalization. Ruling the World? is the first volume to explore in a cross-cutting way constitutional discourse across international regimes, constitutional pluralism, and relations among transnational and domestic constitutions. The volume examines the core assumptions, basic analytic tools, and key challenges in contemporary debates over international constitutionalization.

    • First volume to compare and synthesize constitutional debates occurring in various international sites of governance
    • First volume to set out a functional approach to international constitutionalization
    • First volume to examine the interplay between international and domestic constitutions
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    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521735490
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. What Is Constitutionalism Beyond the State?:
    1. A functional approach to global constitutionalism Jeffrey L. Dunoff and Joel P. Trachtman
    2. The mystery of global governance David Kennedy
    3. The international legal system as a constitution Andreas Paulus
    Part II. The Constitutional Dimensions of Specific International Regimes:
    4. The UN charter - a global constitution? Michael Doyle
    5. Rediscovering a forgotten constitution: notes on the place of the UN charter in the international legal order Bardo Fassbender
    6. Reframing EU constitutionalism Neil Walker
    7. The politics of international constitutions: the curious case of the WTO Jeffrey L. Dunoff
    8. Constitutional economics of the WTO Joel P. Trachtman
    Part III. Cross Cutting Issues:
    9. Human rights and international constitutionalism Stephen Gardbaum
    10. The cosmopolitan turn in constitutionalism: on the relationship between national constitutional law and constitutionalism beyond the state Mattias Kumm
    11. Constitutional heterarchy: the centrality of conflict in the United States and Europe Daniel Halberstam
    12. Courts and pluralism: essay on a theory of judicial adjudication in the context of legal and constitutional pluralism Miguel Poiares Maduro
    13. Whose constitution(s)? International law, constitutionalism and democracy Samantha Besson.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Comparative & International Law Survey
    • Comparative Con Law
    • Global Politics of Peacebuilding
    • International Trade Law and Policy Seminar
    • International Trade Regulation
    • Policy Formation and Policy Analysis
    • Resolving Conflicts of Norms in International Law
    • Rethinking Public International law
    • The International Legal Order
    • The Politics of International Law
  • Editors

    Jeffrey L. Dunoff, Temple University, Philadelphia
    Jeffrey L. Dunoff is Nomura Visiting Professor of International Financial Systems at Harvard Law School and Professor of Law and Director, Institute for International Law and Public Policy at Temple University Beasley School of Law. During 2007–8, he served as a Senior Visiting Research Scholar in the LAPA program at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and, in 2005, as a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law at Cambridge University. Dunoff is coauthor (with Steven Ratner and David Wippman) of a leading textbook, International Law: Actors, Norms, Process, and his writings have appeared in journals such as the American Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, and the Journal of International Economic Law.

    Joel P. Trachtman, Tufts University, Massachusetts
    Joel P. Trachtman is Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. From 1998 to 2001, he was Academic Dean of the Fletcher School, and, during 2000 and 2001, he served as Dean ad interim. In 2002, he was Manley O. Hudson Visiting Professor of Law, and in 2004 he was Nomura Visiting Professor of International Financial Systems, at Harvard Law School. The author of more than seventy scholarly publications, Professor Trachtman is a member of the boards of the American Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Economic Law, and the Singapore Yearbook of International Law.


    Jeffrey L. Dunoff, Joel P. Trachtman, David Kennedy, Andreas Paulus, Michael Doyle, Bardo Fassbender, Neil Walker, Stephen Gardbaum, Mattias Kumm, Daniel Halberstam, Miguel Poiares Maduro, Samantha Besson

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