Thomas McInerney is executive director of the Rule of Law for Development Program at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. A member of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Data working group and its Law and Policy subgroup, he works to develop innovative approaches to improving the effectiveness of international law and governance. Professor McInerney is the author of “Strategic Treaty Management: Practice and Implications.”
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The word “treaties” doesn’t exactly conjure images of modernity so much as a dusty history book. But as with other aspects of business and society, technology is rapidly changing how treaties are monitored and enforced — with profound implications for global governance and international law.
Treaties are legally binding international agreements between countries. Pick any major issue affecting the planet or people and there is probably a treaty regulating the matter. Climate change, biodiversity, human rights, refugees, labor, shipping, transnational crime a …