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The Limits of Informal International Law: Enforcement, Norm-generation, and Learning in the ICN

Yane Svetiev EUI

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/9780199658589.003.0013
The Limits of Informal International Law: Enforcement, Norm-generation, and Learning in the ICN

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This chapter evaluates the impact of transnational regulatory networks on the basis of a case study on the International Competition Network (ICN), an extensive but highly informal network, which was set up particularly since States could not agree on a formal legal antitrust regime. The chapter assesses whether we can nevertheless observe the emergence of alternative norm-enforcement mechanisms and the formalization of certain tools of learning or knowledge transfer. If anything, the chapter reminds us of the limits of informal international lawmaking (IN-LAW) and the need, in particular subject areas, for more formal commitments if cooperation is to be effective.

Keywords: international law; informal law; lawmaking; international competition; ICN

Chapter.  12069 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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