Leiden Journal of International Law


Theme III: Global Governance: Institutions

B. S. Chimni  1 , Norman Birnbaum  2 , Gerhard Loibl  3 , Susan Marks  4 and Matjaz Nahtigal  5

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The network of international economic, political, and social organizations established at the initiative of the first world constitute a nascent global state whose function is to realize the interests of the powerful states to the disadvantage of third world states and peoples. The evolving global state formation may therefore be described as having a neo-imperial character.


1 Professor, Centre for Studies in Diplomacy, International Law and Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The ideas in this brief statement are elaborated in B. Chimni, International Institutions Today: An Imperial Global State in the Making (forthcoming, 2004).

2 Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University.

3 Professor, Institute for International Law and Relations, Diplomatic Academy.

4 Fellow and Director of Studies in Law, Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

5 Member of the EU Constitutional Convention; Director, Legal Service of the Republic of Slovenia.