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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Global Lawmakers: International Organizations in the Crafting of Global Markets

30 October 2018

Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Venue: Room 3.1, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB

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The QMUL-UNIDROIT Institute of Transnational Commercial Law is pleased to annouce the third event in its new lecture series: Global Lawmakers: International Organizations in the Crafting of Global Markets. The talk will be given by Susan Block-Lieb, Professor at Fordham Law School.

Global lawmaking by international organizations holds the potential for enormous influence over the workings of world trade and national economies. Representatives from states, industries and professions produce laws for worldwide adoption by states in an effort to alter commercial behaviors ranging from giant multi-national corporations to micro, small and medium-sized businesses, as well as individuals. Global Lawmakers offers the first extensive empirical study of global lawmaking for commerce and trade within the United Nations. Using unique data, including years of observations, interviews, document reviews and statistical analysis of participation by delegates and delegations, the book investigates three episodes of lawmaking between the late 1990s and 2012. Through its original socio-legal orientation, it reveals dynamics of competition and cooperation within and between international organizations, including the UN, World Bank, IMF and UNIDROIT, as IOs coordinate and compete to craft international laws and best practices. The book concludes by offering pragmatic evaluations and prospective adaptations through inventive global governance.


  • 17:30 Registration
  • 18:00-19:00 Lecture
  • 19:00-20:00 Drinks reception.

Susan Block-LiebAbout the speaker

Susan Block-Lieb is professor at Fordham Law School, where she holds the Cooper Family Chair in Urban Legal Issues. She specializes in personal bankruptcy, corporate reorganization and financial restructuring, secured transactions, and commercial laws more generally, including international and transnational law and lawmaking in this context. She has written extensively on unification, harmonization, and modernization of international private law by international organizations, on global governance by the G20, IMF, World Bank, and UN, on sovereign debt restructuring, and more generally on transnational legal orders. She has consulted for the International Monetary Fund, served as a reporter and observer at World Bank task forces on insolvency and secured transactions law reform initiatives, and has been a delegate from the American Bar Association to UNCITRAL’s Insolvency Working Group for more than 15 years.


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