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Sol Picciotto

Sol Picciotto is emeritus professor at Lancaster University Law School. He previously taught at the universities of Dar es Salaam (1964-68), and Warwick (1968-1992) before being appointed professor at Lancaster in 1992. He has been a visiting professor at Nagoya University, Japan (May 1986), and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy (1991-2). He was founding Joint Editor and remains an editor of the journal Social & Legal Studies and helped establish Capital & Class. He has researched and published widely on international economic law, international business regulation, state theory and international capital, and law and social theory. His books include International Business Taxation (1992) and co-edited books Corporate Control and Accountability (1993), International Regulatory Competition and Coordination (1996), and Regulating International Business - Beyond Liberalization (1999). He was awarded an ESRC Research Fellowship for 2004-7 for a research programme on Regulatory Networks and Global Governance. This examined especially the problems of legitimacy and accountability and the role of law, and the management of linkages, in global regulatory networks, focusing on (i) business taxation and finance, especially the problem of tax havens and offshore centres; (ii) intellectual property, especially the regulation of patent and copyright licensing; and (iii) the World Trade Organisation's links with related bodies and agreements. This has resulted in a number of papers and articles, mostly available via his website, and the ESRC. He is now completing a book based on the research.