Between Hope and Despair: The Misery of International Law - Confrontations with Injustice in the Global Economy
18 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2020
Date Written: September 14, 2020
In this review essay I argue that, given conversations around justice and its relationship to international economic law (‘IEL’) still remain sparse and undertheorized, this book is a welcome intervention in forcefully putting the case for why IEL should be subject to the demands of justice and what that might entail. Yet, the book’s conceptual standpoint, its methodological choices and most importantly its call for transformation raises more questions than the book answers. Perhaps most strikingly, the authors’ proposal for ‘reconfiguring the current model of predistribution’ – arguably the most innovative part of the book, remains notably unsubstantiated.
Keywords: Colonialism, Imperialism, International economic law, global justice, critical approaches, pre-distribution
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