Galit Sarfaty, ‘Corporate Actors as Translators in Transnational Lawmaking’

ABSTRACT
International legal scholars have long been concerned with the transnational lawmaking process, including the development, interpretation, and implementation of international norms. Yet there has been insufficient attention devoted to the micro-level details by which international law operates. Anthropologists can shed unique insights to this process by uncovering power dynamics, disaggregating institutions and actors, and revealing local practices on the ground. In this essay, I will analyze global supply chain governance through an ethnographic lens in order to examine the role of corporate actors as translators of international law. I argue that an anthropological approach can illuminate how corporations shape international law in practice by uncovering technologies of governance, relations of power, and chains of translation in the transnational lawmaking process.

Sarfaty, Galit, Corporate Actors as Translators in Transnational Lawmaking (August 16, 2021). 115 American Journal of International Law Unbound 278 (2021).

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