Lancaster University Law School
Sol Picciotto studied at the Universities of Oxford and Chicago,
and then taught at the Universities of Dar- es-Salaam
and Warwick, before coming to Lancaster in 1992. He has been a Visiting Professor at
Nagoya University, Japan, and a Jean Monnet Fellow
at the European University Institute, Florence. He has
been Joint Editor of the International Journal of the
Sociology of Law, and founding Joint Editor of Social
and Legal Studies and an Editorial Consultant on the
Australian Journal of Law and Society. He has
published widely on international economic law,
international business regulation, state theory and
international capital, and law and social theory. His
most recent books are International Business
Taxation, published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson
(l992) and co-edited books, Corporate Control and
Accountability (OUP 1993),
International Regulatory Competition and
Coordination (OUP, 1996), and Regulating International
Business - Beyond Liberalization (Macmillan, 1999).
International business regulation and international economic law.
Areas of Specialisation:
International Law; Law and Society; International Business and Economic Law.
TeachingInternational Business Structures and Regulation
International Business Law & Institutions
(both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels)
- Fragmented States and International Rules of Law
Social & Legal Studies (1997) vol.6, No.2, pp.259-279
- Globalisation, as the latest phase in the development of the world system, involves a fragmentation and
restructuring of state forms, in which law is being called upon to mediate shifts in the structures of
power. A historical and empirically rich analysis is needed to help understand the nature and changing
forms of statehood, as well as the possibilities and limits of international law, and the paper explores
these in the context of some aspects of business regulation, especially income taxation.
"International Law: The Legitimation of Power in World Affairs", in P. Ireland and P. Laleng (eds.), The Critical Lawyers’ Handbook 2 (Pluto Press 1997) 13-29.
(edited with Ruth Mayne) Regulating International Business. Beyond Liberalization. (Macmillan, 1999.)
(with J. McCahery), "Creative Lawyering and the Dynamics of Business Regulation", in Y. Dezalay and D. Sugarman (eds.) Professional Competition and Professional Power. Lawyers, Accountants and the Social Construction of Markets (Routledge 1995) 238-74.
(With David Campbell), "Exploring the Interaction between Law and Economics: the Limits of Formalism", (1998) Legal Studies 18(3): 249-278.
"Offshore: The State as Legal Fiction", in Mark P. Hampton and Jason P. Abbott (eds.) Offshore Finance Centres and Tax Havens. The Rise of Global Capital (Macmillan 1999) 43-79.
Later, longer version, "The End of Offshore?"
(With Jason Haines) "Regulating Global Financial Markets" (1999) Journal of Law and Society 26(3) 351-368.
"North Atlantic Cooperation and Democratizing Globalism", in G. Bermann, M. Herdegen, and P. Lindseth (eds) Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation (OUP, 2000) 459-519.
(with David Campbell) "The Justification of Financial Futures Exchanges",
in A. Hudson (ed.) Modern Financial Techniques, Derivatives and Law
(Kluwer Law International, 2000) 121-33.
"Liberalization and Democratization: the Forum and the Hearth in the
Era of Cosmopolitan, Post-Industrial Capitalism" Law & Contemporary Problems
63(4), 157-178 (2000)
"Democratizing Globalism" in Daniel Drache
(ed.), The Market or the Public Domain: Global Governance and the Asymmetry
of Power. (London: Routledge, 2001), 335-359. Earlier,
"Copyright Licensing: The Case of Higher
Education Photocopying in the UK" (2002) European Intellectual Property
Review vol. 24(2) 438-447
"Defending the Public Interest in TRIPS and
the WTO" shorter revised version published in Peter Drahos and Ruth
Mayne (eds.) Global Intellectual Property Rights: : Knowledge, Access
and Development (Palgrave and Oxfam, 2002)
"Private Rights vs Public Standards
in the WTO"
In Review of International Political Economy (2003) vol. 10(3)
(with David Campbell) "Whose Molecule Is It Anyway?
Private and Social Perspectives on Intellectual Property"
In Alistair Hudson (ed.) New perspectives on property law, obligations
and restitution (Cavendish, 2003), pp.279-303
"Rights, Responsibilities and Regulation of International
Paper delivered at First Appel Conference, Columbia Law School, March 27th
"Private Rights vs Public Interests in the
TRIPS Agreement: the Access to Medicines Dispute"
Presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Society of International
Law, 4th April 2003.