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Founded by the Institute for Competitive Governance (Now Institute for Decentralized Governance) in 2019, the Journal of Special Jurisdictions is an international peer-reviewed journal founded to advance knowledge of Special Economic Zones and other special jurisdictions.

 


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Call for Papers: The Impact of Special Jurisdictions on the economic, policy, legal, and social aspects of community and business development. Over the past 40 years, special jurisdictions, also known as special economic zones, have emerged as a popular policy tool for promoting economic growth, attracting foreign investment, and improving the ease of doing business at a local and global scale. These designated areas have unique legal, economic, and regulatory frameworks that differ from the rest of the country, providing businesses with a more favorable environment to operate in. 

 


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Current Issue

Vol. 4 No. 1 (2023): Journal of Special Jurisdictions

Published: 2023-12-30

This issue of the Journal of Special Jurisdictions was done in collaboration with AIER. It covers topics ranging from policy sandboxes, complexity science, private cities in the metaverse, the future of citizenship, and zoning regulations. 

Articles

Special Jurisdictions as Laboratories of Governance

Tom W. Bell
Abstract 52 | Special Jurisdictions as Laboratories of Governance Downloads 61

The Complex Legal Frameworks where Special Jurisdictions Nest

Nathalie Mezza-Garcia
Abstract 148 | The Complex Legal Frameworks where Special Jurisdictions Nest Downloads 45

Private Cities, the Metaverse and the Future of Non-Territorial Governance

Vera Kichanova
Abstract 190 | Private Cities, the Metaverse and the Future of Non-Territorial Governance Downloads 85

The Future of Citizenship: State, Democracy & Participation in the ZEDEs

Juan Estevez
Abstract 254 | The Future of Citizenship: State, Democracy & Participation in the ZEDEs Downloads 56

Beyond the Public Law: A Taxonomy of Approaches to Alternative Governing

Ryan Yonk
Abstract 95 | Beyond the Public Law: A Taxonomy of Approaches to Alternative Governing Downloads 17
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Founded by the Institute for Competitive Governance in 2019, the Journal of Special Jurisdictions is an international peer-reviewed journal founded to advance knowledge of Special Economic Zones and other special jurisdictions. The Journal of Special Jurisdictions is the only active academic journal focused on Special Economic Zones and other special jurisdictions. It publishes original papers on the theory, history, regulations and development of special jurisdictions. Submissions can be conceptual, qualitative, case studies, quantitative or exploratory.

Worldwide, there are about 4,000 Zones spanning 130 countries. This number continues to grow. SEZs are one of the most consistently used tools for economic development and have become a mainstay for national policy. Special jurisdictions are not limited to SEZs. These include Charter Cities, indigenous tribes, and private communities. Additionally, they include non-territorial systems, such as alternative dispute resolution systems and online or Distributed Ledger Platforms.

The Journal of Special Jurisdictions furthers this area of governmental innovation by generating scholarly work to inform policymakers about special jurisdictions.  The Journal maintains a non-partisanship approach to its topic, however, seeking only the universally acceptable goal of improving human communities.