Monday, November 10, 2008

Max Planck Institute project on International Institutions published

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law has just published the results of a major research project on The Exercise of Public Authority by International Institutions in the excellent, free online resource, the German Law Journal (full text of all articles available here). A table of contents is available here. Here's a brief overview:

Two articles set out the general approach adopted within the Project, which aims at a combination of global administrative law, constitutionalist discourse and international institutional law. The fifteen thematic studies cover a broad range of international governance mechanisms, including hard and soft forms of regulation, some familiar and others less so Seven cross-cutting analyses take stock of the developments and aim at advancing international legal doctrine. These papers will also be published as a book, together with additional papers and comments by international scholars.

I'll be reading these articles with great interest, and highly recommend that anyone interested in the field of global administrative law do the same. I will post some reflections here - particularly from a GAL perspective - later this week. However, it is readily evident from the outset that the fact that this Project has been brought to such a successful conclusion - both in the German Law Journal special issue, and the forthcoming book - is a major achievement, both for the scholars involved at the MPI and elsewhere, and in terms of the ongoing - and rapid - development of global administrative law more generally. Congratulations to all involved!

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