This course critically examines the phenomenon of globalisation, and the related changes currently underway in contemporary international economic law. Study will focus on the role of international economic law institutions, such as the WTO, IMF and the World Bank, and the impact globalisation has on their responsibilities.

Students will consider issues affecting the tasks and challenges of development in contemporary international relations. These include the changing nature of international and global society; the pressure on traditional concepts of boundaries; citizenship and nationality; challenges to sovereignty; and how existing and new international institutions can manage the emerging global social policy agenda.

Theoretical perspectives to selected issues in development and globalisation studies, and in particular, the operation of international economic law institutions, will be applied in classroom discussion, group work, research and writing.

Topics covered include:

  • introduction to globalisation
  • introduction to the regulatory framework of globalisation
  • moral, political and legal theory
  • the great globalisation debate
  • the global economy
  • globalisation, society and boundaries
  • globalisation and governance
  • globalisation, inequality and justice
  • reforming institutions
  • world orders, normative choices

Professor Frank J Garcia

Frank Garcia Frank J. Garcia is Professor of Law and Dean’s Global Fund Scholar at the Boston College Law School, and until recently the Associate Dean for Global Initiatives. A Fulbright Scholar, he has lectured widely on globalization and international economic law in Europe, South America and the Asia/Pacific region, most recently at the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne. Professor Garcia has held various leadership positions within the American Society of International Law, and currently sits on the editorial board of the Journal of International Economic Law, where he is Chief Book Review Editor.  He is the author, most recently, of Global Justice and International Economic Law: Three Takes, published by Cambridge University Press.


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