What’s Your Sign? — International Norms, Signals, and Compliance

This Article proposes a new approach to understanding state compliance with international obligations, positing that increased interaction among the world’s regulators has reinforced network norms, as evidenced in part by a greater reliance among states on legally nonbinding instruments. This Article also begins to fill a gap in the growing scholarship on state compliance by proposing a better framework for understanding how international norms influence senior regulators and how they affect both state decisions to comply as well as levels of compliance.