Public International Law and Economics Symposium Introduction

5 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2007 Last revised: 18 Jul 2014

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Anne van Aaken

University of Hamburg, Law School; Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Tom Ginsburg

University of Chicago Law School

Christoph Engel

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods; University of Bonn - Faculty of Law & Economics; Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics, Students; Universität Osnabrück - Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 2007

Abstract

It is a commonplace that we live in an era of increasing international interdependence, in which there has been a proliferation of international law and international organizations. Yet our understanding of the workings of international law has not kept pace. While we have a good deal of work on international law doctrine, our analytic tools are much weaker, and we are far from anything approaching a science of institutional design. We are therefore ill prepared to advise policy makers in the project of developing effective tools to solve transna-tional problems, and to provide global public goods. The contributions to this special issue, though they involve a wide range of different approaches and topics, share a commitment to using the core methodological assumptions of the rational choice approach in seeking to answer important question in International Law. The papers published in this issue were first presented at a conference at the Max-Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn, Germany in December 2006. In putting together the conference, we had two aims, one interdisciplinary and one intercultural. We wanted to contribute to the nascent law and economics of public international law. We noticed, however, that the use of the rational choice approach to international law has been largely confined to the United States, creating a methodological gap between European and American international law scholarship. We sought to generate a trans-Atlantic discussion not only about the substantive papers but on the appropriateness of the rational choice approach to international law.

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

van Aaken, Anne and Ginsburg, Tom and Engel, Christoph, Public International Law and Economics Symposium Introduction (July 2007). Published in: Illinois Law Review (Symposium Issue on International Law and Economics) (2008) 1.; U. of St. Gallen Law & Economics Working Paper No. 2007-06. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=999531

Anne Van Aaken (Contact Author)

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