Käte Hamburger Lecture

Global Lawmakers: International Organizations in the Crafting of World Markets

Duisburg – 15 May 2018

Global lawmaking by international organizations holds the potential for enormous influence over world trade and national economies. Representatives from states, industries, and professions produce laws for worldwide adoption in an effort to alter state lawmaking and commercial behaviours, whether of giant multi-national corporations or micro, small and medium-sized businesses. Who makes that law and who benefits affects all states and all market players. In the 29th Käte Hamburger Lecture, Professor Terence Halliday presented key findings from the first extensive empirical study of commercial lawmaking within the United Nations. He reviewed who makes law for the world, how they make it, and how the process of lawmaking affects who comes out ahead. By examining dynamics of competition, cooperation and competitive cooperation within and between international organizations, including the UN, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and regional development banks, Professor Halliday appraised creative global governance by the UN in international commerce over the past fifty years and examined prospective challenges for the twenty-first century.

Terence Halliday is Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, Honorary Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the Northwestern University. Halliday is a sociologist and specialist on the globalization of law and markets with special reference to the interactions among global, national and local lawmakers and implementers. His Lecture on 'Global Lawmakers' was discussed by Wouter Werner, Professor for International Law at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and currently research fellow at the Centre. Professor Dr Sigrid Quack, Director of the Centre moderated the discussion. 

15 May 2018, 18:15 –19:45
NRW School of Governance, Lotharstraße 53, Raum LS105, 37057 Duisburg

Time: 18:30–20:00
Venue: University of Duisburg-Essen, SG 183, SG Building, Geibelstraße 41, 47057 Duisburg