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Contractual Certainty in International Trade

Empirical Studies and Theoretical Debates on Institutional Support for Global Economic Exchanges

Editor(s): Volkmar Gessner
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Published: 19-12-2008
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 372
ISBN: 9781841138442
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Oñati International Series in Law and Society
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP : £70.00

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About Contractual Certainty in International Trade

Global business interacts efficiently despite the heterogeneity of social, economic and legal cultures which, according to widespread assumptions, cause insecurities and uncertainties. Breaches of contracts may occur more frequently and business relationships may be terminated more often in international than in domestic trade. But most business people engaged in exporting or importing products or services seem to operate in a sufficiently predictable environment allowing successful ventures into the global market. The apparent paradox presented by cultural/institutional diversity and contractual efficiency in cross-border business transactions is the focus of this volume of essays. The wide range of approaches adopted by contributors to the volume include: the Weberian concept of law as a tool for avoiding the risk of opportunism; economic sociology, which treats networks and relationships between contractual parties as paramount; representatives of new institutional economics who discuss law as well as private governance institutions as most efficient responses to risk; comparative economic sociologists who point to the varieties of legal cultures in the social organisation of trust; and national and international institutions such as the World Bank which try to promote legal certainty in the economy. The purpose of the volume is to build on this interdisciplinary exercise by adding empirical evidence to ongoing debates regarding enabling structures for international business, and by critically reviewing and discussing some of the propositions in the literature which contain interesting hypotheses on the effects of the internationalization of markets on market co-ordination institutions and on the role of the state in the globalising economy.

Table Of Contents

Part I: Introduction

1. Volkmar Gessner, Towards a Theoretical Framework for Contractual Certainty in Global Trade

Part II: Empirical Studies

2. Barak Richman, Ethnic Networks, Extra-legal Certainty and Globalisation: Peering into the Diamond Industry

3. Wioletta Konradi, The Role of Lex Mercatoria in Supporting Globalised Transactions: An Empirical Insight into the Governance Structure of the Timber Industry

4. Thomas Dietz and Holger Nieswandt, The Emergence of Transnational Cooperation in the Software Industry

5. Fabian P Sosa, Cross-Border Dispute Resolution from the Perspective of Mid-sized Law Firms: The Example of International Commercial Arbitration

6. John Flood and Eleni Skordaki, Structuring Transactions: The Case of Real Estate Finance

Part III: Debates and New Approaches

7. Volkmar Gessner, Theories of Change-The Governance of Business Transactions in Globalising Economies

8. Gralf-Peter Calliess, Transnational Civil Regimes: Economic Globalisation and the Evolution of Commercial Law

9. Gillian K Hadfield, The Public and the Private in the Provision of Law for Global Transactions

10. Jörg Freiling, Institutional Designs in International Transactions-an Evolutionary Economics Perspective

11. Bärbel R Dorbeck-Jung, Global Trade: Changes in the Conceptualisation of Legal Certainty?

12. Wolf Heydebrand, Contractual Certainty versus Efficiency: The Historical and Institutional Context of Global Trade

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