MJIEL Vol 10 Issue 2 2013 - Editorial 1

Personal Opinion: Studying (and Teaching) International Economic Law to Undergraduates

It is a great privilege to be asked to write a brief editorial for one of the 10th Anniversary issue of the MJIEL. For me, international economic law is something that I always seem to be playing catch-up with. Having come to the subject-matter via another route – in my case, international environmental law – my transition from ‘trade and’ to a broader, and fuller, understanding of international economic law is going to be a life time’s journey. But what has struck me about international economic law, as I peer from the outside in, is the paradox between its centrality and its marginalisation – between its real-time impact in global affairs and its understanding and appreciation by those for whom it forms only one (small) part of a wider discipline.

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