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The Economics of Public International Law

81 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2004  

Alan O. Sykes

Stanford University - Law School

Date Written: July 2004

Abstract

This paper is a preliminary draft for eventual inclusion in the Handbook of Law and Economics, A. Mitchell Polinsky & Steven Shavell editors. It reviews and synthesizes the work of economists and law and economics scholars in the field of public international law. The bulk of that work has been in the area of international trade, but many of the ideas in the trade literature have implications for other subfields. Recent years have seen a significant increase in research on other topics as well. The paper begins with a general framework for thinking about the positive and normative economics of public international law, and then proceeds to a treatment of specific topics including customary law, strategic alliances and the laws of war, international trade, international investment, international antitrust, human rights law, conflicts of law, and the international commons (fisheries).

Keywords: customary law, strategic alliances, laws of war, international trade, international investment, international antitrust, human rights law, conflicts of law, international commons

Suggested Citation

Sykes, Alan O., The Economics of Public International Law (July 2004). U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 216. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=564383 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.564383

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