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Informal International Lawmaking

Joost Pauwelyn, Ramses Wessel, and Jan Wouters


Informal international lawmaking (IN-LAW) is on the rise. It seems to fall outside the strictures of both domestic law as well as international law. Hence, this activity raises questions of accountability deficit. The book’s aim is to be empirical and problem-oriented. It intends to gauge whether there is a problem related to informal international lawmaking and, if so, to think about how to solve this problem in a way that can assist policy-makers and their stakeholders. The book distinguishes informal lawmaking from traditional lawmaking by focusing on the actors, process, and output. It arg ... More

Keywords: international law, informal law, lawmaking, global administrative law, soft law, accountability

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199658589
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658589.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joost Pauwelyn, editor
Professor of International Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva

Ramses Wessel, editor
Professor of the Law of the European Union and other International Organizations and Co-director Centre for European Studies, University of Twente

Jan Wouters, editor
Jean Monnet Chair and Professor of International Law and International Organizations, Director of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Institute for International Law, University of Leuven.

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An Introduction to Informal International Lawmaking

Joost Pauwelyn, Ramses A Wessel, and Jan Wouters

Part I Conceptual Approaches to Informal International Lawmaking

Part II Legal Nature of Informal International Lawmaking

Part III Impact Of Informal International Lawmaking


14 Operationalizing Accountability in Respect of Informal International Lawmaking Mechanisms

Tim Corthaut, Bruno Demeyere, Nicolas Hachez, and Jan Wouters 1

Part V Domestic Elaboration and Implementation of Informal International Lawmaking

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