This 2004 book aims at advancing our understanding of the influences international norms and international institutions have over the incentives of states to cooperate on issues such as environment and trade. Contributors adopt two different approaches in examining this question. One approach focuses on the constitutive elements of the international legal order, including customary international law, soft law and framework conventions, and on the types of incentives states have, such as domestic incentives and reputation. The other approach examines specific issues in the areas of international environment protection and international trade. The combined outcome of these two approaches is an understanding of the forces that pull states toward closer cooperation or prevent them from doing so, and the impact of different types of international norms and diverse institutions on the motivation of states. The insights gained suggest ways for enhancing states' incentives to cooperate through the design of norms and institutions.
Review of the hardback: 'Benvenisti and Hirsch's The Impact of International Law on International Cooperation capitalizes on a number of more particular key issues of contemporary compliance studies.' Leiden Journal of International Law
"This edited collection fits comfortably within this new generation of interdisciplinary work...Scholars of international affairs interested in these and related subjects would do well to review the individual contributions in this edited volume." - Laurence R. Helfer, Vanderbilt University Law School