Between Hope and Despair: The Misery of International Law - Confrontations with Injustice in the Global Economy

18 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2020

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Kanad Bagchi

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Date Written: September 14, 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Bagchi, Kanad, Between Hope and Despair: The Misery of International Law - Confrontations with Injustice in the Global Economy (September 14, 2020). Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper No. 2020-32, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3692362 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3692362

Kanad Bagchi (Contact Author)

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