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The International Bar Association and Trade in Legal Services: Meta Law-Making in International Economic Law?

Collins, D. A. ORCID: 0000-0002-5517-6949 (2019). The International Bar Association and Trade in Legal Services: Meta Law-Making in International Economic Law?. Indian Journal of International Economic Law, 11,

Abstract

This article presents the International Bar Association as a highly-influential but often overlooked non-state actor through the lens of its involvement in the standardization of Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA)s for legal services. Not only do most MRAs contemplate the active involvement of professional bodies such as law societies and bar associations in their construction and monitoring, the IBA’s guidelines for MRAs inform the content of these agreements, facilitating the practice of international law by a more highly mobile profession. This in turn underpins the capacity of the community of international lawyers to exercise their technical expertise to influence other non-state actors, exemplifying what may be described as the IBA’s “meta-lawmaking” on the global stage. As there has been poor uptake of MRAs by developing countries, initiatives of the IBA could help establish mutual recognition for legal services in the developing world.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: non-state actors, trade in legal services, GATS, International Bar Association
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
K Law > K Law (General)
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/21227
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