World Trade Law after Neoliberalism: Reimagining the Global Economic Order

Hardcover | October 22, 2011

byAndrew Lang

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The rise of economic liberalism in the latter stages of the 20th century coincided with a fundamental transformation of international economic governance, especially through the law of the World Trade Organization. In this book, Andrew Lang provides a new account of this transformation, andconsiders its enduring implications for international law. Against the commonly-held idea that 'neoliberal' policy prescriptions were encoded into WTO law, Lang argues that the last decades of the 20th century saw a reinvention of the international trade regime, and a reconstitution of its internalstructures of knowledge. In addition, the book explores the way that resistance to economic liberalism was expressed and articulated over the same period in other areas of international law, most prominently international human rights law. It considers the promise and limitations of this form of 'inter-regime' contestation,arguing that measures to ensure greater collaboration and cooperation between regimes may fail in their objectives if they are not accompanied by a simultaneous destabilization of each regime's structures of knowledge and characteristic features. With that in mind, the book contributes to a full andproductive contestation of the nature and purpose of global economic governance.

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The rise of economic liberalism in the latter stages of the 20th century coincided with a fundamental transformation of international economic governance, especially through the law of the World Trade Organization. In this book, Andrew Lang provides a new account of this transformation, andconsiders its enduring implications for intern...

Andrew Lang is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the London School of Economics, teaching Public International Law, with a specialty in International Economic Law. He is a co-founder, with Colin Picker, of the Society of International Economic Law. He sits on the Editorial Boards of the Modern Law Review, the Journal of International Economi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pagesPublished:October 22, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199592640

ISBN - 13:9780199592647

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionRegime encounters: trade and human rights2. Trade and Human Rights in Historical Perspective3. The Global Justice Movement4. Inter-regime Contestation5. The Limits of CoherenceThe trade regime and the neoliberal turn6. Against Objectivism7. Embedded Liberalism and Purposive Law8. Neoliberalism and the Formal-technical Turn9. Trade in ServicesConclusion10. Conclusion: After Neoliberalism?