Journal Article

Marketing and selling transnational ‘judges’ and global ‘experts’: building the credibility of (quasi)judicial regulation

Yves Dezalay and Bryant G. Garth

in Socio-Economic Review

Published on behalf of Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics

Volume 8, issue 1, pages 113-130
Published in print January 2010 | ISSN: 1475-1461
Published online November 2009 | e-ISSN: 1475-147X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ser/mwp022
Marketing and selling transnational ‘judges’ and global ‘experts’: building the credibility of (quasi)judicial regulation

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Drawing on examples from the fields of international commercial arbitration and international human rights, in particular, and also on trade, intellectual property and governance, this article explores the processes through which transnational norms are created and legitimated. The article rejects approaches that presume an international consensus around norms or simply the imposition of Northern norms and technologies on the South, showing instead how the fields are developed, the advantages that favour ideas and approaches that are credible in the North, and also how limited openings to individuals from the South subtly modify the norms—which in turn reinforces their legitimacy. The article also shows that legal processes, courts and court-like approaches serve to capture both the hierarchies of the field and the processes that can allow a slow evolution that produces some change—but no challenge to the basic orientation.

Keywords: globalization; governance; law; professions; F59 international relations and international political economy; K33 international law; P45 international trade, finance, investment, and aid

Journal Article.  7515 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy ; Corporate Social Responsibility ; Welfare Economics ; Political Economy ; Economic Sociology

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