The International Legal Form and Status of Informal International Lawmaking Bodies: Consequences for Accountability

Ayelet Berman*, Ramses A. Wessel

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Abstract

Informal lawmaking is characterized by an involvement of non-traditional actors. This chapter analyses actor informality by looking at two key forms: 'international agencies' and 'harmonization networks'. International agencies are international bodies that are based on a decision by an international governmental organization. Harmonization networks are international networks of national public regulatory authorities that are in the business of harmonizing their rules or setting standards or other norms. The purpose of the chapter is to define the status of bodies involved in informal international lawmaking (IN-LAW) and to argue why clarity about legal status is important in relation to the question of accountability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformal International Lawmaking
EditorsJoost Pauwelyn, Ramses Wessel, Jan Wouters
PublisherOxford University Press
Chapter2
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9780191742248
ISBN (Print)9780199658589
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2013

Keywords

  • Accountability
  • Agencies
  • Informal law
  • International law
  • Lawmaking
  • Legal personality
  • Networks
  • Regulatory bodies

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