Foreword: Interactions of International Organizations,
Private Economic Actors and Resources
International organizations (IOs) specialising in economic regulation1 have assumed considerable influence over global economic activity and resources, even in a modern era of seemingly indomitable transnational companies and powerful states. Nevertheless, the premise of this themed issue of the Manchester Journal of International Economic Law is that the interactions of IOs, private economic actors and resources, whilst important, remain relatively obscure and requiring exposition. This foreword sets out to suggest some of the characteristics of this interaction and to consider whether they are attributable to institutional indispensability or, alternatively, simply inertia.