I have conducted this multifaceted project with Jérôme Sgard from 2012 up to 2016, with the support of Northwestern University and SciencesPo Paris, and with Pierre Pénet. This project has lead to various publications, and has participated in creating an interdisciplinary discussion among sovereign debt specialists who now regularly meet as part of the "DebtCon" conferences.

Contractual Knowledge: One Hundred Years of Legal Experimentation in Global Markets (Cambridge University Press, 2016), extends the scholarship of law and globalization in two important directions. First, it provides a unique genealogy of global economic governance by explaining the transition from English law to one where global exchanges are primarily governed by international, multilateral, and finally, transnational legal orders. Second, it explores micro-level aspects of market exchanges, including how and by whom contracts were designed and exactly who (experts, courts, arbitrators, or international organizations) interpreted, upheld, and established the legal validity of these rules.

Various articles and book chapters on the politics of sovereign debt have also come out from this project, including articles on the role of anticipatory knowledge practices by credit rating agencies and central banks in the 2008 sovereign debt crisis, particularly in Europe. Other publications include the historical analysis of debates on sovereign debt crises in the 1920s in Europe, which I also explore in more details in my second monograph, Gift Exchange.

Publications

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Contractual Knowledge: One Hundred Years of Legal Experimentation in Global Markets

Grégoire Mallard and Jérôme Sgard (editors), 2016. Cambridge University Press.
Contractual Knowledge extends the scholarship of law and globalization in two important directions. First, it provides a unique genealogy of global economic governance by explaining the transition from English law to one where global exchanges are primarily governed by international, multilateral, and finally, transnational legal orders. Second, rather than focusing on macro-political organizations, like the League of Nations or the International Monetary Fund, Contractual Knowledge examines elements of contracts, including how and by whom they were designed and exactly who (experts, courts, arbitrators, or international organizations) interpreted, upheld, and established the legal validity of these contracts. By exploring such micro-level aspects of market exchanges, this collection unveils the contractual knowledge that led to the globalization of markets over the last century.

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Governing Capital, Labor and Nature in a Changing World

Gopalan Balachandran and Grégoire Mallard, with Olufunmilayo Arewa, Lucio Baccaro, Tim Büthe, Andrea Nightingale, Pierre Pénet, Dominique Pestre, Anthea Roberts, 2017
Pp. 489-520 in Rethinking Society for the 21st Century : Report of the International Panel on Social Progress. Cambridge University Press.

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Contractual Knowledge: One Hundred Years of Legal Experimentation in Global Markets

Grégoire Mallard and Jérôme Sgard, 2016
Pp. 1-60 in Contractual Knowledge: One Hundred Years of Legal Experimentation in Global Markets, edited by Grégoire Mallard and Jérôme Sgard.Cambridge University Press

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The Duty to Repair in Practice: The Hundred Years History of a Legal Concept

Ariel Colonomos and Grégoire Mallard, 2016
Pp. 215-248 in Contractual Knowledge: One Hundred Years of Legal Experimentation in Global Markets, edited by Grégoire Mallard and Jérôme Sgard. Cambridge University Press

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5.

Seeing Like a Credit Rating Agency: The constitution of Financial Uncertainties During the Greek Sovereign Debt Crisis

Grégoire Mallard and Pierre Pénet, 2013
Pp. 164-174 in Financial Crises: Identification, Forecasting and Effects on Transition Economies, edited by Cooper Hawthorne. Nova Publishers

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From Risk Models to Loan Contracts: Austerity as the Continuation of Calculation by Other Means

Pierre Pénet and Grégoire Mallard, 2014
Journal of Critical Globalization Studies. 7:4-50

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The Gift Revisited: Marcel Mauss on War, Debt and the Politics of Reparations

Grégoire Mallard, 2011
Sociological Theory. 29(4): 225-247

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