Informal International Lawmaking

Joost Pauwelyn*, Ramses A. Wessel, Jan Wouters

*Corresponding author for this work

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Informal international lawmaking (IN-LAW) is on the rise. It seems to fall outside the strictures of both domestic law as well as international law. Hence, this activity raises questions of accountability deficit. The book's aim is to be empirical and problem-oriented. It intends to gauge whether there is a problem related to informal international lawmaking and, if so, to think about how to solve this problem in a way that can assist policy-makers and their stakeholders. The book distinguishes informal lawmaking from traditional lawmaking by focusing on the actors, process, and output. It argues that the international legal discipline will have to find ways to take the rich, effective, and (more often than not) legitimate normative output stemming from IN-LAW onboard to remain relevant.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages584
ISBN (Electronic)9780191742248
ISBN (Print)9780199658589
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2013


  • Accountability
  • Global administrative law
  • Informal law
  • International law
  • Lawmaking
  • Soft law


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