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Rolland’s New Book Predicts a More Pluralist World Rolland’s New Book Predicts a More Pluralist World

Rolland Trubek Book Cover11.12.19 — Professor Sonia E. Rolland has co-authored a new book, Emerging Powers in the International Economic Order (Cambridge University Press, 2019), with David M. Trubek, Voss-Bascom Professor of Law and Dean of International Studies Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Emerging Powers reveals how emerging economies are reshaping world trade and investment law, and begs the question, what will the new order look like? Professors Rolland and Trubek predict a more pluralist world, which is neither the continued hegemony of neoliberalism nor a full blown alternative to it. 

Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center hosted an official launch for Emerging Powers on November 7, 2019. Richard Kozul-Wright, director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, joined the discussion from Geneva via video conference. Northeastern Law Professor Dan Danielsen, faculty director of the school’s Program on the Corporation, Law and Global Society, also provided comments. 

Professors Rolland and Trubek will speak about their new book as featured authors at Northeastern Law's upcoming Faculty Book Forum on March 16, 2020. For more information, please visit

About the Authors

Sonia E. Rolland is a professor of law and faculty director of LLM and international programs at Northeastern University School of Law. She regularly acts as an expert for international and non-governmental organizations including the United Nations (sovereign debt restructuring), the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (subsidies) and the India Institute of Foreign Trade (WTO negotiations). Professor Rolland served as co-chair of the International Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law (2015-2017) and currently serves as editor of the ASIL Insights. She has published widely in French and in English and her research interests include public international law, international trade law, international environmental law and energy regulation. Through the exploration of different subject matters, Professor Rolland examines the intersection of legal regimes to improve the understanding of an increasingly multi-layered international and transnational legal order. 

David M. Trubek is Voss-Bascom Professor of Law and Dean of International Studies Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a senior research fellow at Harvard Law School. He has written extensively on international and comparative law as well as other topics in legal studies and has published articles and books on the role of law in development, human rights, European integration, the changing role of the legal profession and the impact of globalization on legal systems and social protection schemes. He has also made contributions in critical legal theory, the sociology of law and civil procedure. 

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences. All students participate in full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 1,500 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.

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