"Regulatory Frameworks in International Law"

Michigan Law Authors
Publish Date
Regulating Law
Publication Type
Book Chapter

Regulatory theory is concerned with how various forms of regulation, including law, govern social interaction. Much of the theoretical work on legal regulation has been developed in the context of domestic law. This chapter examines international law in the particular setting of regulation of outsider entities, such as failed and nascent states, that is where international regulation fills the vacuum caused by the collapse of domestic institutions and the rule of law. Through a brief examination of international regulation in Bosnia–Hercegovina and East Timor, this chapter asks what light a regulatory lens sheds on international law. Drawing on Hugh Collins's starting questions in Regulating Contracts, it investigates whether the international law in this area conceives of relations in ways that are different from the frameworks in which they operate.

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