Global Public Goods amidst a Plurality of Legal Orders: A symposium
Title: Global Public Goods amidst a Plurality of Legal Orders: A symposium
Citation: European Journal of International Law (EJIL), 2012, 23, 3, 643-649
ISSN: 1464-3596; 0938-5428
A public good (an example is a lighthouse) can be produced by private parties. However, they rarely are. Rather, such goods are generally thought of in economics as a type of commodity that government often provides and maintains because government can overcome the otherwise strong incentive to free ride on the efforts of others. This symposium issue is concerned with the global analogies to municipal public goods. As in the domestic context, global public goods are viewed as essential goods. But globally there is not a government. Instead, we observe a plurality of legal orders arrayed both horizontally and vertically, both publicly and privately. It is this mix of significance and complexity that is the subject of this symposium.
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