Journal article

Convergence and Divergence in International Economic Law and Politics

Sungjoon Cho, Juergen Kurtz

European Journal of International Law | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2018


This article explores the phenomena of convergence and divergence in international economic law. It argues that both international trade and investment law have been forced to over-come a structural (legal-institutional) prioritization of market goals via competing social regulatory concerns. It is at this stress point that we argue that a powerful set of converging and procedurally orientated hermeneutics can be identified in the jurisprudence that, properly employed, could significantly bolster the elasticity and durability of state commitment to international economic law constraints. There remain, however, continuing textual and systemic divergences at play, which opponents will often di..

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