The Law of the Global Economy and the Spectre of Inequality

Forthcoming in London Review of International Law (2021)

Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2021-11

Amsterdam Center for International Law No. 2021-04

30 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2021

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Ingo Venzke

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Center for International Law

Date Written: March 29, 2021

Abstract

Drawing on my inaugural lecture, I argue that the spectre of inequality haunts international law. The presence of the spectre first of all draws attention to what is rotten in the global economic order: how the law of the global economy has contributed to high levels of inequality while, at the same time, abdicating responsibility for it. Second, like all spectres, international law’s spectre of inequality is animated by a spirit, the spirit of social justice. It points to forsaken paths, lost memories and conjures up past possibilities that were not realized. Third, the spectre endures unless we give in and break with current repetitions. It directs those in search of progressive change towards productive contradictions within global order. Those contradictions are indeed carriers of hope. They offer reason to believe that the future is open. Engaging with the spectre of inequality in international law turns out to be much less daunting than failing to do so.

Keywords: International Law, Inequality, Social Justice, Human Rights, Critical Theory, Jean-Jacques Rousseau,History

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Venzke, Ingo, The Law of the Global Economy and the Spectre of Inequality (March 29, 2021). Forthcoming in London Review of International Law (2021), Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2021-11, Amsterdam Center for International Law No. 2021-04, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3814819

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