Sugar and the Making of International Trade Law
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- Author: Michael Fakhri, University of Oregon
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This book traces the changing meanings of free trade over the past century through three sugar treaties and their concomitant institutions. The 1902 Brussels Convention is an example of how free trade buttressed the British Empire. The 1937 International Sugar Agreement is a story of how a group of Cubans renegotiated their state's colonial relationship with the US through free trade doctrine and the League of Nations. In addition, the study of the 1977 International Sugar Agreement maps the world of international trade law through a plethora of institutions such as the ITO, UNCTAD, GATT and international commodity agreements - all against the backdrop of competing Third World agendas. Through a legal study of free trade ideas, interests and institutions, this book highlights how the line between the state and market, domestic and international, and public and private is always a matter of contest.Read more
- The focus on one commodity emphasizes the connections between ideas of free trade, imperialism and capitalism and provides an historical example of how those three ideas informed each other in practice
- Draws from primary historical sources in order to show how law has interacted with economical, political and social aspects of sugar production
- The transnational perspective takes the role of the state seriously but does not treat the state as the central or most important aspect of international trade law
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"… interesting … should appeal to scholars from a number of disciplines including historians, political scientists and economists."
Alan Swinbank, International Trade Law and RegulationSee more reviews
"… this is an excellent contribution to the literature on international trade law. It is remarkable in terms of its rigorous analysis of an important and neglected dimension of its history, the fresh perspective it offers on established conceptions about free trade and in terms of its broader implications for the future of the trade regime."
Anna Chadwick, European Journal of International Law
'The main thesis of Michael Fakhri, a professor of international trade and food law at the University of Oregon, is that international law fundamentally contributed to the transformation of a simple plant into a global product. With a fine use of history, he explores the role of three international treaties in the expansion of sugar-related industrial interests: the Brussels Sugar Convention of 1902 and two international commodity agreements - the International Sugar Agreements (ISAs) of 1937 and 1977 … a critical attempt to make sense of change over time using three case studies to explore one product in detail.' Sergio Puig, The American Journal of International Law
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- Date Published: July 2015
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781316121382
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Table of Contents
Part I. Prologue:
1. International institutions as part of the history of agriculture
2. Histories as context
Part II. The 1902 Brussels Convention and the Beginnings of Modern Trade Law:
3. Free trade as an imperial project
4. The institutionalization of international trade
Part III. The 1937 ISA, Cuba and the League of Nations:
5. Economic aspects of the League of Nations
6. Developing a Cuban State and renegotiating American imperialism
Part IV. The 1977 ISA and the Implications of Institutionalization:
7. The postwar institutional landscape
8. The 1977 ISA as an exemplar of postwar ICAs
Part V. Epilogue:
9. Using the past to open up the future of trade law.
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