Research Handbook on Global Administrative Law
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Research Handbook on Global Administrative Law

Edited by Sabino Cassese

This Handbook explores the main themes and topics of the emerging field of Global Administrative Law with contributions by leading scholars and experts from universities and organizations around the world. The variety of the subjects addressed and the internationality of the Handbook’s perspectives make for a truly global and multi-dimensional view of the field.
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Chapter 7: Global networks and shared administration

Paul Craig


This chapter considers global networks and shared administration, both of which are central for an understanding of Global Administrative Law. The discussion begins with an overview of some of the literature concerning regulatory networks. The focus then shifts to consideration of shared administration. Thus, while regulatory networks have proliferated at the global level, the legal and practical reality is that most operate through forms of shared administration at the regional and/or national level. The nature of this shared administration perforce varies depending on the particular global regime, but an understanding of its modalities is crucial when thinking about the role of Global Administrative Law. This is exemplified in Sections 4 and 5, which analyse the regime of shared administration as it pertains to the World Trade Organization (WTO) regime and that of international standard setting, drawing out the practical and normative implications for administrative law. The very fact that so much global regulatory activity broadly conceived is operationalized through some form of shared administration leads naturally to the last part of the chapter, which considers the role that national administrative law may play in rendering such global activity accountable. Global networks have been the focus of increased interest and research in recent years. Thus, Anne-Marie Slaughter, working from an international relations perspective, considers the way in which networks have transformed the global political order: Terrorists, arms dealers, money launderers, drug dealers, traffickers in women and children, and the modern pirates of intellectual property all operate through global networks.

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