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Terence C. Halliday
Global Legislators: Producing Commercial Laws for Global Markets


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A tiny number of international organizations act as if they were global legislatures writing laws and proposing institutions to govern international and often domestic trade. They are largely invisible to social scientists because they lie under a veil of legal technicality. Terrence C. Halliday argues for a sociology of global markets that reveals their modalities of influence. This lecture examines efforts to construct transnational legal orders by the most prominent global legislature for trade law, The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Based on ten years of fieldwork and diverse empirical methods, Halliday shows how processes of ecology, temporality, recursivity and formalization interplay to produce configurations of power that govern the production of global commercial law and its distributive consequences for market actors, nations and global markets.
Terence C. Halliday is Co-Director of the Center on Law and Globalization, a partnership between the American Bar Foundation and the University of Illinois College of Law. He is also Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and Adjunct Professor at the School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy of The Australian National University. Halliday is co-author (with Bruce Carruthers) of the book Bankrupt: Global Lawmaking and Systemic Financial Crisis (2009), co-editor (with Gregory Shaffer) of an edited volume underway on Transnational Legal Orders, and co-author (with Susan Block-Lieb) of a book-in-progress, Global Legislators: The Production of Commercial Laws for the World.
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  • Who Governs? Delegations in Global Trade Lawmaking (with Susan Block-Lieb/Josh Pacewicz; forthcoming 2013 in Regulation and Governance).

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