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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 October 2021

Jean d'Aspremont
Affiliation:
University of Manchester
John Haskell
Affiliation:
University of Manchester
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Contemporary international law is driven by advances in financial and information technology. These twin systems together function as a common linguistic and physical infrastructural layer for the entire planet, transcending national boundaries and cultural divisions. Financial and informational considerations dictate the budgetary and administrative practices of international legal institutions and practitioners, as well as the domestic legal systems upon which they rely. More broadly, the capacities and constraints of “Big Finance” and “Big Tech” shape the contours of legal and policy debates in fields ranging from war and global health, to ecological sustainability and intellectual property. While these debates and the underlying material forces that condition them have always been in flux, there is good reason to believe that we are approaching – or indeed, are in the middle of – an epochal inflection point on the scale of the transition from oral to literate society, or the invention of the printing press.

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Tipping Points in International Law
Commitment and Critique
, pp. 116 - 131
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Edited by Jean d'Aspremont, University of Manchester, John Haskell, University of Manchester
  • Book: Tipping Points in International Law
  • Online publication: 23 October 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108954549.007
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  • Edited by Jean d'Aspremont, University of Manchester, John Haskell, University of Manchester
  • Book: Tipping Points in International Law
  • Online publication: 23 October 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108954549.007
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  • Digital
  • Edited by Jean d'Aspremont, University of Manchester, John Haskell, University of Manchester
  • Book: Tipping Points in International Law
  • Online publication: 23 October 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108954549.007
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