Towards a Unified Approach to Economic Assessment in International Commercial Law Reform
Chapter 5 in Orkun Akseli and John Linarelli (eds), The Future of Commercial Law: Ways Forward for Change and Reform (Hart Publishing 2020).
22 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2020 Last revised: 30 Sep 2020
Date Written: December 1, 2019
Economic assessment is critical to international commercial law reform in order to ensure law reform efforts are evidence-based and result in economic benefit. Yet, such assessment is seldom undertaken and, when done so, is not uniform in its scope or methodology, nor is it subject to systematic review. This article proposes a set of guidelines in order to address this challenge. While there are both political and technical challenges to law reform efforts and the implementation of a clear framework for assessment, this article aims to provide a first step forward towards creating a unified approach. It does so by proposing a series of guidelines which traverse five key components of any economic assessment undertaking, drawing on international and within country data regarding assessment processes. There is a particular focus on quantitative analysis, replicability, transparency, and continuous improvement, in relation to unifying private international law within the commercial sphere.
Keywords: commercial law, international law, behavioral law and economics, financial regulation, international commercial law, law reform, harmonisation
JEL Classification: K10, K20, K30, K33, G30, O16, E60
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