Since the 2008 economic meltdown, market-driven globalization has posed new challenges for governments. This volume introduces the concept of “grey zones” of global governance, where state policy and market behaviour interact with respect to trade, the environment, food security, and investment. Grey zones allow the bending of international rules, which both promotes uniformity in many areas of public life and facilitates diverse forms of capitalism in market societies, enabling governments to balance national and global economic benefits. This exploration of local engagement with international economic law offers an innovative way to interpret public concerns about trade, investment, food security, green energy, subsidies, and anti-dumping actions.
Daniel Drache is a professor emeritus of political science and a senior research fellow at the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University. His publications include Defiant Publics: The Unprecedented Reach of the Global Citizen, The Daunting Enterprise of the Law: Essays in Honour of Harry Arthurs (edited with Simon Archer and Peer Zumbasen), and Linking Global Trade and Human Rights: New Policy Space in Hard Economic Times (edited with Lesley A. Jacobs).
Lesley A. Jacobs is a professor of law and society and political science at York University, where he is also the director of the Institute for Social Research. He is the past executive director and now senior research fellow of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice. His publications include Balancing Competing Human Rights in a Diverse Society (edited with Shaheen Azmi and Lorne Foster), Linking Global Trade and Human Rights (edited with Daniel Drache), and Privacy Rights in the Global Digital Economy (with Nachshon Goltz and Matthew McManus).
Contributors: Welber Barral, Ljiljana Biukovic, Tomer Broude, Carlos M. Correa, Thomas Cottier, Daniel Drache, Lesley A. Jacobs, Yin Jiyuan, Matias E. Margulis, Pitman B. Potter, Debra Steger, Katie Sykes