Elgar Research Handbooks are original reference works designed to provide a broad overview of research in a given field, while at the same time creating a forum for more challenging, critical examination of complex and often under-explored issues within that field. Chapters by international contributors are specially commissioned by the editors, who carefully balance breadth and depth. Often widely cited, they present expert scholarly analysis and offer a vital reference point for advanced research. Taken as a whole they achieve a wide-ranging picture of the state-of-the-art. The volumes in this series examine the legal dimensions of issues arising out of an increasingly globalized world. Edited by leading scholars in their respective fields, they explore notions of global justice and global development along with the complexities of international institutions and private actors operating on a global stage. Taking as their common thread the impact of globalization on the world in which we live, they are unrivaled in their blend of critical, substantive analysis and synthesis of contemporary research. Each Research Handbook stands alone as an invaluable source of reference for all scholars of globalization. Whether used as an information resource on key topics or as a platform for advanced study, volumes in this series will become definitive scholarly reference works in the field.