Michael Likosky examines the continuities and discontinuities between colonial and present-day high tech transnational legal orders. His concern is specifically with the colonial characteristics of the legal order which underpins the global high tech economy. He distinguishes the democratic and human rights rhetoric of this economy from a reality wherein the legal order is often used to reproduce colonial-type relationships. Just as in the colonial period, the expansion of trans-border commerce overlaps with democratic demands and human rights in complex, multifaceted and paradoxical ways. Through a case study looking at Malaysia's Multimedia Super Corridor, a high tech national development plan and foreign direct investment scheme, he examines how the transnational leaders of the high tech economy along with the Malaysian political elite react when human rights problems threaten to derail commercial plans.

part I|89 pages

Dual Legal Orders

chapter 2|29 pages

Variation and Oligarchic States

chapter 3|28 pages

Compound Corporations

chapter 4|29 pages

Dual Legal Orders

part II|89 pages

High Tech Promises

chapter 5|16 pages


chapter 6|31 pages

Infrastructure for Commerce

chapter 7|23 pages

Culture for Commerce

chapter 8|11 pages

Human Rights and Commerce