In this paper, we examine the essential and increasingly recognized relationship between theories of justice and international economic law. As international economic law institutions have increased in number and power, and the stark figures of global poverty prove stubbornly persistent, justice is becoming a central element in globalization and global justice debates. International economic law and its institutions are powerful engines of resource allocation between states, and within states among various groups, firms and individuals. We identify three questions that will help clarify the scope and nature of this relationship. First, theories of justice can help us determine the proper objective of international economic law and policy. Second, theories of justice can help us evaluate whether or not international economic law as a whole, and specific treaties, rules and institutions, are “fair” or “unfair” according to our various competing understandings of such principles. Finally, theories of justice can help us evaluate whether international economic law institutions are legitimate.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Garcia & Ciko: Theories of Justice and International Economic Law
Frank J. Garcia (Boston College - Law) & Lindita Ciko have posted Theories of Justice and International Economic Law (in Research Handbook on Global Justice and International Economic Law, John Linarelli ed., forthcoming). Here's the abstract: