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This essay is a preliminary effort to assess the way in which the international economic order is being configured. It seeks to begin to understand the mechanisms through which global law in this field is being “produced.” The focus of my analysis will be guided by questions such as: Who are the most relevant actors in this process? How are these actors chosen? How do they operate? In view of the large scope of this topic, I have decided to study a specific incident that, in my view, helps to illustrate and focus a debate that—because of its global reach—seems to be excessively abstract.


Paper presented in the panel on “Changes in the Economic System” at SELA 2002, Law as Object and Instrument of Transformation, in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

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