Thursday, September 24, 2015

Nollkaemper: The Problem of Many Hands in International Law

André Nollkaemper (Univ. of Amsterdam - Law) has posted The Problem of Many Hands in International Law (in The Political Economy of International Law: A European Perspective, Alberta Fabbricotti ed., forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
This paper examines the phenomenon of diffusion of responsibility from a political economy perspective. It argues that concerted actions that lead to harmful outcomes may trigger a diffusion of responsibility between States, international organisations (IOs) and other actors involved in the concerted action. Such diffusion may bring both costs and benefits for relevant actors. The chapter construes diffusion as a political process, of which international law is an integral part, and exposes the costs and benefits involved.