Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 1995

Publication Citation

3 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 121 (1995)


Professor Elisabeth Zoller discusses the domain and the methods of internationalg overnance. In PartI , she addresses the notion of the "international community." Professor Zoller argues that the international community is not really a community at all, but several "intertangled communities" with common interests. These common interests emerged as a result of several worldwide events, such as World War I and the Great Depression. The author asserts that common interests among nation states and priority setting are the two prerequisites necessary for international governance. In Part II, the authore xamines the methods of internationalg overnance, beginning with the proposition that governance is linked to power. Although power is decentralized in international governance, it can still be exercised collectively. Professor Zoller continues by describing the evolution of a model of international governance. She concludes by suggesting that the shortcomings of global regulation, especially with respect to environmental issues, can be addressed most effectively by the institutionala spects of internationalg overnance. To that end, the success of international governance, in terms of international environmental protection, depends upon the leadership exerted by the "great powers, "specifically the United States.