General Legal & International Law Theory

These early works defend a traditional natural law account of international law, particularly as against certain sociopathic accounts then emanating out of the University of Chicago during the time that George W. Bush and other occupiers of the White House were engaging daily in war crimes and other acts of illegality.

Image: Marcus Tullius Cicero, an early exponent of natural law theory and the ius gentium, or 'law of peoples.'

1. InstitutionalFixes versus Fixed Institutions

2. The Limits ofTheir World

3. Promise Against Peril: Of Power, Purpose, and Principle in International Law

4. Law: The Little Book of Big Ideas

5. Legally Defending Mission-Creep : How the Bretton Woods Charters Anticipate Attention to 'Structural' Variables

6. Litigating for Regulatorily Required Social Cost Internalization: A Roadmap

7. Were 'It' to Happen: Contract Continuity Under Euro Regime Change

8. FiduciaryDuty: An Essay in Retrieval (working paper)

9. Faith, Fairness, and Foundations: A Theory of Fiduciary Obligation (working paper)

10. Authorship, Authority, and Authorization: Groundings for the Law of Agency (working paper)

11. PartnershipThrough Thick and Thin: From Singular to Shared to Attenuated Shared Agency in the Production of Value (working paper)

12. Privity with the Public: A Theory of the New Deal Financial Reforms (working paper)

13. Creditors’Equity: A Unified Theory of Controller Liability in the Vicinity of Insolvency(working paper)

14. From ‘Law and’ to ‘Law in’:Some Legal Presuppositions of Economic Analysis, in Contemporary Challenges in Law, Economics, and Conflict(Kaushik Basu & Robert Hockett, eds., Princeton University Press 2022)

15. Global Macroprudence, in Reconceptualising GlobalFinance and Its Regulation (Ross Buckley ed., Cambridge University Press 2016)

16. Institutions for a Just International Economic Order, in Fair Trade and Global Justice: Theoretical Perspectives (John Pearson ed., Palgrave MacMillan 2015)

17. 'Not a Thing': Seven Legal Reasons the Federal 'Debt Ceiling' is Null and Void

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