World Trade Law

World Trade Law : Text, Materials and Commentary

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This newly updated version of one of the leading textbooks on world trade law offers what is in a number of ways a unique perspective on this important subject. Combining the best aspects of both casebook and treatise, this comprehensive textbook provides both detailed explanations and analysis of the law to help understand the issues as well as case extracts to offer a flavour of the judicial reasoning of trade adjudicators. Moreover, the book is truly global in outlook, being equally useful for students of international trade law in the UK, Europe, the US, Asia and elsewhere in the world. This updated edition includes in-depth discussions of the most recent developments in international trade jurisprudence, setting out important precedents that help establish the boundaries between global trade rules and domestic national autonomy. The implications of these rulings will be of great interest to traders, investors, government negotiators and even critics of globalisation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 952 pages
  • 170 x 242 x 48mm | 1,401.59g
  • Hart Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1849462224
  • 9781849462228
  • 309,978

Table of contents

Part I Introduction to the Legal and Economic Aspects of World Trade Regulation
1 Introduction to World Trade Law
Part II History, Institutional Aspects and the Relationship between World Trade Law, International Law and Domestic Law
2 The History and Institutions of the Multilateral Trading System
3 World Trade Law and International Law
4 World Trade Law and Domestic Law
Part III Dispute Settlement In the WTO
5 The Settlement of Disputes in GATT/WTO
Part IV Traditional GATT Obligations
6 Border Measures: Tariffs and Quotas
7 Non-Discrimination: MFN and National Treatment
Part V GATT Exceptions
8 Bilateral/Regional Trade Agreements
9 The Article XX 'General Exceptions': Health, the Environment, Compliance Measures, Public Morals and More
Part VI Remedies for Fair and Unfair Trade
10 Subsidies and Countervailing Measures
11 Dumping and Anti-dumping Measures
12 Safeguards
Part VII Beyond Trade in Goods: Domestic Regulation, Services, Investment, Procurement and Intellectual Property
13 The SPS and TBT Agreements
14 Trade in Services
15 Trade and Investment
16 Government Procurement
17 Trade and Intellectual Property: the TRIPS Agreement
Part VIII Social Policy Issues
18 Developing Countries in the Multilateral Trading System
19 Linkages between Trade and Social Policies
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A comprehensive and factual treatise covering all aspects of the law of the WTO. The book is structured in a logical and concise manner...the style... is clear and lucid. Lester and Mercurio's book is a welcome addition to the market of textbooks on world trade law. -- Markus Krajewski * European Yearbook of International Economic Law * Simon Lester and Bryan Mercurio's new international trade law textbook is likely to find favor with instructors in many of the law faculties in the United States and Europe where a basic international trade law course is being taught on a regular basis...includes extensive and generally well thought out questions for students at the end of each chapter...The comparative approach evident in various chapters is welcome. Also, Simon Lester's extensive experience in preparing clear, concise summaries of WTO panel and Appellate Body reports is reflected throughout the book. Coverage of the subject matter appears more than adequate for an introductory course; it is well-organized and clearly written -- David A. Gantz * International Trade Law and Regulation, 5 (1) * This paperback ... notably benefits from the author's diverse expertise based upon their academic writing, private practice and experience with the World Trade Organisation. The book is written clearly and logically structured. This is a textbook and casebook in one, which saves the reader from spending time looking up the relevant case-law as the most important excerpts of the jurisprudence are included in the volume. Written by both lecturers and practitioners, the volume is comprehensive and at the same time comprehensible due to the skills of the authors. This is undoubtedly an important new book in the available instructional literature and an indispensible addition for the bookshelf of a trade law student, but it will surely also be well received by the non-specialist and practitioners. -- Tatiana Anpilogova * The Singapore Year Book of International Law Volume XII * As the WTO takes on an increasingly important and visible role, we are fortunate to have World Trade Law as a resource. The book is executed with intelligence and the research and discussion are rich and detailed, and it will no doubt prove to be an invaluable tool for students and practitioners who have an interest in the WTO. Since it is written specifically for students, the book's straightforward style and manner of presentation would make it an excellent book for teaching purposes. -- Bashar Hikmet Malkawi * Web Journal of Current Legal Issues * Because of its wide coverage, this book may not only be limited to students; it is equally relevant to professors, practitioners, researchers, government officials and politicians who need to comprehend the principles and practices of World Trade Law. The book is not only comprehensive in its coverage but it is also scholarly, informative, challenging and innovative. It should certainly belong on the shelf of anybody who is seriously interested in World Trade Law. Its real value, distinguishing it from similar texts, lies not only in its comprehensive coverage of the principles of WTO law and policy but also in the wide range of materials, including excerpts from a broad range of writers and commentators, and cases. -- Mosleh Ahmad At'tarawneh * Journal of International Trade Law and Policy Vol 7, No 2 * The standout feature of World Trade Law is the comprehensive and meticulous manner in which it covers the technical rules of trade law and the practices of the WTO... we believe that World Trade Law is most appropriate for independent study due to its comprehensiveness. -- Ramu Nachiappan and Juanianto Losari * Asian Journal of International Law, Volume 4, Issue 02, July 2014 *
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About Arwel Davies

Simon Lester is President of LLC and Trade Policy Analyst, Cato Institute.
Bryan Mercurio is Professor of Law and Associate Dean (Research) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Arwel Davies is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Swansea University.
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