An Integrative Approach to International Economic Law
Book Project co-authored by professor Freya Baetens (CUP, forthcoming).
International economic law is arguably one of the most fragmented fields within the realm of public international law, whereby scholars, lawyers and adjudicators seem to specialise in one sub-field (trade, investment or finance) without considering the origins and objectives that these three sub-fields have in common. As a result, opportunities for cross-fertilisation are under-explored. This book aims to address this by focusing on firstly, on the shared history and actors within international economic law, followed by secondly, an analysis of the objectives that international trade, investment and financial law have in common, such as improving market access, prohibiting discrimination, creating a level playing field and regulating risk. Subsequently, the book delves into a comparative examination of mechanisms to settle disputes, ensure compliance and facilitate enforcement, in order to end with an outlook on the future challenges faced by international economic law. Throughout the book, best practices are identified and models for improvement are proposed. This book is co-authored by myself (first author), Michael Waibel (University Lecturer, Cambridge) and Diane Desierto (Professor at Miami University) and will be published by Cambridge University Press.