The main interest of the project is in exploring modes and patterns
of governance in the resolution of disputes arising from
cross-border economic exchange both within Europe and at the
international level. Based on the assumption that territorially
restricted laws inevitably lead to constitutional uncertainty in
transnational trade, questions of interest are: What institutional
solutions have been established to solve such disputes? Where are
these solutions located and who has established them? What are the
conditions for their emergence and operation? How do different
solutions relate to each other? Addressing these questions with a
combined European integration and international relations
perspective, the project contributes to the overall framework of the
integrated research framework on the new modes of governance by
linking different strands of research in an innovative way. On the
one hand, it links the interest in new modes of governance with the
discussion on the impact of inter- or transnationalisation of
economic and societal interactions on the capacity of states to
secure transactional security either individually, by multilateral
treaty-making or by pooling sovereignty. On the other hand, looking
at the field of dispute resolution in cross-border economic exchange
through a politics-and-law lenses is not only inherently
interdisciplinary, but also allows for embedding the discussion on
new modes and patterns of governance into the debate on the
legalisation of international relations.
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Integrated Project funded by the 6th Framework Programme of the
-What institutional solutions have been established to solve such
-Where are these solutions located and who has established them?
-What are the conditions for their emergence and operation?
-How do different solutions relate to each other?