Making Informal International Law Accountable: Lessons from the EU

Ellen Vos

in Informal International Lawmaking

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199658589
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191742248 | DOI:
Making Informal International Law Accountable: Lessons from the EU

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While informal lawmaking may be relatively new for international lawyers, for more than four decades similar questions have been at the core of some debates in European Union law. European agencies (with networks reaching far beyond the ‘public’ arena) are often part of both formal and informal networks. The ‘agencification’ process at the global level shows some resemblance to the earlier developments in the European Union, in particular in relation to the question of accountability. This chapter seeks to identify what kind of mechanisms have been created to control European agencies and hold them accountable, and to reveal what kind of deficiencies there still are. The chapter uses this analysis to draw some lessons as regards accountability processes for informal international lawmaking (IN-LAW).

Keywords: international law; informal law; lawmaking; EU law; agencies; accountability

Chapter.  7313 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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