Reviewing Global Governance

GlobalTrust Working Paper 7/2014

33 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2015 Last revised: 23 Sep 2015

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Eyal Benvenisti

University of Cambridge - Lauterpacht Centre for International Law

Date Written: March 18, 2014


This Chapter sets out to explore the possibilities for reviewing the decisions and policies of the various global governance bodies and the legitimate scope of review. So far we have identified the omnipresence of these global bodies in shaping human activities, life-chances and freedoms, and contrasted it with the effort by these bodies to employ various shields to immunize them from accountability. To counter this relinquishment of responsibilities toward all disregarded stakeholders, we have outlined the legal constraints on their exercise of authority, both in the context of their own decision-making process and as regards the limits of their review of sovereign discretion. It is now time to consider why global governance bodies should be subjected to review, what types of review are available, and the extent to which these review functions should be exercised.

Note: The following are the texts of Chapter 6 and of the conclusion of my Hague Lectures on “The Law of Global Governance” forthcoming in the 368 Recueil des cours and in the Pocketbook Series of the Hague Academy of International law.

Keywords: International Law, Global Governance, Global Administrative Law

JEL Classification: K33, K23

Suggested Citation

Benvenisti, Eyal, Reviewing Global Governance (March 18, 2014). GlobalTrust Working Paper 7/2014. Available at SSRN: or

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