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This contribution summarizes the achievements and shortcomings of the emerging field of global administrative law that has been developed mainly in the United States and Italy, and that has been the object of yearly workshops at the University of Viterbo for the past ten years. The research presented in the course of the workshops has brought us a remarkable quantity of insights into the nuts and bolts of international institutional law. The perspective on administrative law may allow for a more fine-tuned set of analytical tools than constitutional theory, yet it must not forget the political context of the subject of its research. The applied case-law method is empirically rich, but it is not always clear how representative the analyzed phenomena are of the more general assumptions on the development of international law.