The WTO is one of the most important intergovernmental organizations in the world yet it is still poorly understood in terms of how it functions as an organization and the scope of its authority and power. This book, written by an outstanding team of WTO law specialists, provides a comprehensive overview of the law and practice of the WTO . The authors start with the institutional law of the WTO ( e.g. the sources of law and remedies of the Dispute Settlement system) then tackle the principal substantive obligations of the WTO regime (e.g. tariffs, quotas, MFN). They then move on to consider unfair trade, regional trading arrangements and developing countries. In a final section the book deals with the consequences of globalization: firstly where WTO law confronts legal regimes governing issues of competition and intellectual property and secondly where free trade is seen to be incompatible with certain human rights. nThis book will be of interest to all scholars, students and practitioners seeking to understand this pivotal yet controversial international organization and world trade in general.
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the book is a success not only because both theoretical and practical insights are put forward, but also because it reflects the geographical competence of the authors. Together they provide the reader with valuable information about the national laws and jurisprudence pertaining to trade in Japan, the USA and Europe. Yearbook of European Law There are academic books which become classics in their field shortly after publication. The two books to be reviewed here are such examples. They are already frequently cited and widely held to be authoritative. European Journal of International Law (reviewed together with Lowenfeld: International Economic Law - 0-19-926411-2) If you want to understand what is arguably the most important international institution, and how its rules operate, I recommend it highly ... one day your insurers might even thank you for buying it. Legal Week This is an important book that will become the benchmark for all that follow. Legal Week If you want to learn about the WTO, this book is a great place to start. It is well written by acknowledged experts. It is a comprehensive overview of the subject and is written with a view to practice as well as academia ... For us impatient practitioners, it also has sensible and logical tables of contents and international legal sources. Legal Week The authors are highly competent "old hands" within their respective field[s] of endeavour, and their familiarity with their subject[s] comes through unmistakably. Journal of the Commonwealth Lawyers ... timely ... offers an authoritative exposition of the law, practice and policies of the World Trade Organisation. Journal of the Commonwealth Lawyers
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