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IEL Medium Publication

We are launching this Medium Publication so that we can individually and collectively publish works that highlight the challenges, problems and opportunities for international economic law as it is broadly defined. Spanning international trade, development, financing, intellectual property, investment law, and business and human rights, our scholars are working together to challenge the status quo and ensure law and public policy work effectively for people and communities.

International Economic Law and COVID-19

Our first article is on the relationship between international economic law and COVID-19. In this intervention, we, members of The IEL Collective, reflect on (some of) the ways in which IEL is intermingled with the problematic patterns of globalized production and consumption underpinning the slow responses and rapid spread of COVID-19; and the ways in which we could respond to this crisis in a more globally just and sustainable way.

The IEL Collective will be launching a project to collate thoughts, ideas and reflections on this reimagination. If you would like to contribute to our project, please send us an email to ielcollective@warwick.ac.uk. We would love to hear from you.

This article was written collectively by Donatella Alessandrini, School of Law, University of Kent; Daria Davitti, Faculty of Law, Lund University and School of Law, University of Nottingham; Luis Eslava, School of Law, University of Kent; Clair Gammage, School of Law, University of Bristol; Annamaria La Chimia, School of Law, University of Nottingham; Serena Natile, School of Law, Brunel University London; Karina Patricio Ferreira Lima, School of Law, University of Durham; Celine Tan, School of Law, University of Warwick; Tara Van Ho, School of Law, University of Essex; Amaka Vanni, Independent Scholar and President-Elect, African Society of International Economic Law; Paolo Vargiu, School of Law, University of Leicester; and Anil Yilmaz Vastardis, School of Law, University of Essex.

Subverting the Logic of Utilitarianism in Times of COVID-19

By Gamze Erdem Türkelli, Post-Doctoral Fellow Research Foundation (FWO) Flanders, Law & Development Research Group, University of Antwerp

This aricle considers how the logic of market fundamentalism will drive policy and political choices in resposne to COVID-19 and argues that a collective reimagination of international economic law is necessary to subvert teh logic utlitarianism in times of the pandemic and beyond.

International Public Finance and COVID-19: A New Architecture is Urgently Needed

By Celine Tan, Reader in Law, University of Warwick

This article discussses the financial resources that have been disbursed bybilateral multilateral development agencies and private donors to developing countries and communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and argues that it is imperative that these financing packages are scrutinised in terms of the current framework of international public finance.

COVID-19 and the Precarity of International Investment Law

By Daria Davitti, Faculty of Law, Lund University and School of Law, University of Nottingham; Jean Ho, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore; Paolo Vargiu, School of Law, University of Leicester; and Anil Yilmaz Vastardis, School of Law, University of Essex.

This article discusses how global policy responses to COVID-19 have raised important questions about the compatibility of these measures with the obligations of states under international investment law and how the pandemic is highlighting the inhrent systemic bias within the regime.

We would also recommend watching Jean Ho, Paolo Vargiu and Anil Yilmaz Vastardis in conversation with veteran international investment law scholar, M Sornarajah in our IEL Collective Conversations #7: