NEW BOOK: The Law of International Financial Institutions by Professor Daniel Bradlow

Posted on September 26, 2023

In the second half of 2023, Professor Daniel Bradlow announced the publication of his most recent book "The Law of International Financial Institutions". The volume was published by Oxford University Press (OUP) as part of their book series "Elements of International Law". 

In this new volume in the Elements series, Daniel D. Bradlow traces the history and development of international law and international financial institutions from 1918 to today, providing a detailed overview of the legal frameworks within which such institutions were established and operate, and which structure their relationships with their member states and their citizens.
The book opens with the inter-war years, the Bretton Woods Conference, and background on the treaties establishing the IMF and the World Bank. It then discusses the Articles of Agreement of the IMF and the IBRD, providing information on their governance arrangements, mandates, and operating principles. The international legal status of these two international financial institutions, their international legal rights, responsibilities and obligations, and their privileges and immunities are also examined. In later chapters, the book explores how the structure, functions, and operations of the World Bank and IMF have evolved since their establishment and examines the regional development banks and the regional financial arrangements that were created after them. The book concludes by exploring the challenges that international financial institutions are currently facing, and the contributions that international law can make to help them successfully meet these challenges.

To find out more about the book or to purchase a copy, please visit the OUP website

Professor Daniel Bradlow is a senior research fellow in the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, as well as an Emeritus Professor of Law at the American University Washington College of Law, and a Compliance Officer in the Social and Environmental Compliance Unit, United Nations Development Program. Professor Bradlow is the author of numerous publications on the international legal issues applicable to international financial institutions and on international development finance and human rights.

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