International Legal Orders and Their Histories

The serious historical study of forms of order beyond a single state has typically been separated from work on the current construction, adaptation or displacement of international legal orders.

This project brings these enterprises together, taking advantage of prominent roles of NYU-associated scholars in work on history of international law and on contemporary global legal governance. It has helped build vibrant networks of scholars in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and to some extent Africa.

One component addresses relations of international political and economic orders and roles of law in these, both historically and in contemporary initiatives such as the megaregional agreements exemplified by the Trans Pacific Partnership Treaty (TPP) of 2015.

Another component addresses the practical significance and normative potential of meta-ordering technologies such as ‘rule of law’, ‘global administrative law’, ‘anti-corruption’, ‘regulatory impact analysis’, and ‘governance by information’.

A third component focuses on historically-informed critical scholarship and connections or order and justice. The project is based in NYU Law School’s Institute for International Law and Justice: iilj.org

Project Members

Principal Investigator: Benedict Kingsbury (NYU)

Members TBA