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Informal International Lawmaking: A Conceptual View from International Relations

Liliana Andonova and Manfred Elsig

in Informal International Lawmaking

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199658589
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191742248 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658589.003.0004
Informal International Lawmaking: A Conceptual View from International Relations

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While to lawyers — trained to think in terms of neatly separated legal boundaries — governance phenomena and transnational relations may feel uncomfortable, international relations (IR) theory has addressed transnational, non-State, cooperation from the outset. This chapter argues that IR scholars have to some degree overlooked the changing character of network-based informal cooperation among public actors. It seeks to fill this gap by proposing a typology of bodies involved in informal international lawmaking. The chapter further reveals some lessons to be learned from IR theory, particularly the principal-agent model, for informal international lawmaking (IN-LAW).

Keywords: international law; informal law; lawmaking; international relations theory; networks; principal agent theory

Chapter.  7926 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public International Law

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