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Durham University

Durham Law School

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Publication details for Prof John Linarelli

Linarelli, John (2014). How Trade Law Changed: Why it Should Change Again. Mercer Law Review 65(3): 621-668.

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One of the most enjoyable moments I have as an academic lawyer is when students, who have had limited exposure to the law on international economics and commerce, have the profound moment when they realize how many rules and institutions are at work in these fields.
Students seem to come into the course thinking international exchange
occurs in a Hobbesian state of nature. A few weeks into the course, I
start to ask for the students' views on whether the law is more developed
internationally than domestically. Their attempts to answer this
question become an opportunity to reflect on the law and its aims. I hope
they leave my course with an appreciation of the substantial public and private law institutions at work in the global order. We all have some
form of "ownership" of these institutions, not in the form we find in
states, but clearly something.