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Pax Mercatoria: Globalization as a Second Chance at ‘Peace for Our Time’

35 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2010  

James Ming Chen

Michigan State University - College of Law

Date Written: February 18, 2010

Abstract

This Essay completes a scholarly cycle in which I have defended free trade and international economic cooperation against charges that globalization will harm the environment and drain jobs from the high-wage economies of western Europe, Japan, and the United States. The demolition of geographic and social barriers since the end of the Cold War has delivered not only material wealth but also physical tranquility, political stability, and personal freedom to vast portions of the world's population. The path to peace lies today, as it did in 1938, not in a retreat to obsolete notions of local sovereignty but in a commitment to lawmaking on a global scale.

Keywords: globalization, sovereignty, international law

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Chen, James Ming, Pax Mercatoria: Globalization as a Second Chance at ‘Peace for Our Time’ (February 18, 2010). Fordham International Law Journal, Vol. 24, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1555302

James Ming Chen (Contact Author)

Michigan State University - College of Law ( email )

318 Law College Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
United States

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