The Transparency of Global Governance

To be published in: F. Pazartzis, M. Gavouneli, A. Gourgourinis, M. Papadaki (eds), Reconceptualising the Rule of Law in Global Governance, Resources, Investment & Trade (Oxford: Hart Publishing 2015 Forthcoming).

6 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2014 Last revised: 15 Nov 2014

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Anne Peters

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Date Written: April 1, 2014

Abstract

In all major fields of international law – e.g. environmental law, economic law, human rights law, international humanitarian law, health law, peace-and-security law – demands for more transparency have recently been voiced by civil-society actors, by States, and within the international institutions themselves – or transparency has been created by illegal means. In response, much more transparency has been created in international institutions and procedures in the last 10 years or so. This paper diagnoses a genuine ‘transparency turn’ in international law, it analyses the functions and drawbacks of increased transparency in global governance (especially for the well-functioning of negotiations and deliberations), it asks whether a cross-cutting legal principle of transparency is emerging, and what this might mean for international law as a whole. It concludes that from a governance perspective, transparency is only a necessary, and not a sufficient condition for bringing about participation, accountability, and possibly democracy in the global sphere.

Keywords: global governance, accountability, publicity, participation, legitimacy

Suggested Citation

Peters, Anne, The Transparency of Global Governance (April 1, 2014). To be published in: F. Pazartzis, M. Gavouneli, A. Gourgourinis, M. Papadaki (eds), Reconceptualising the Rule of Law in Global Governance, Resources, Investment & Trade (Oxford: Hart Publishing 2015 Forthcoming)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2419019 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2419019

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