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Essentials of WTO Law


  • Date Published: April 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107035836

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  • At a time when developments in WTO law have made this field increasingly complex, this concise and non-technical introduction provides a timely and carefully considered overview of the substantive rules and institutional arrangements of the WTO. A variety of text features enables a rich understanding of the law: illustrative examples clarify important issues of the law and demonstrate the law's practical application; boxed summaries of key rulings in WTO case law highlight the interpretation of the relevant provisions and lead readers to a deep understanding of the meaning and application of legal rules; and recommendations for further reading allow readers to engage with current debates. Online resources include links to useful sources of information for work and research within the field. Co-written by a leading authority in the field, this is essential reading for anyone who wants to get to grips with this fascinating yet challenging field of law.

    • Avoids the technical details which can overload those looking for an introduction to the topic
    • Demonstrates practical application of theory and rules via fictional illustrative examples
    • Online resources list shows students where to find the resources they need to look into the 'real world' of international trade
    • Boxes summarising key rulings in WTO case law help readers to see the relevance of dispute settlement rulings and understand how they flesh out the provisions in the WTO agreements
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'For novice students, academics and practitioners, Essentials of WTO Law is an indispensable starting point for understanding the law and practice of the WTO. In a very clear and succinct style, the authors succeed in conveying to a very wide audience the essence of the function of the WTO, the structure and meaning of its agreements, and the role of the WTO dispute settlement system and its case law. It is the leading primer in WTO law.' Isabelle Van Damme, Référendaire in the chambers of Advocate General Sharpston at the Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg, and Visiting Lecturer, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

    'This is an excellent overview of the law and policy of the World Trade Organization system. It is lucidly written and identifies issues that would draw the attention of both beginners and established international trade lawyers. It is without doubt a recommended reading for both students and established trade lawyers.' Yenkong Ngangjoh-Hodu, University of Manchester

    'Van den Bossche and Prévost provide a clear and concise introduction to WTO law. Their book provides an overview of the key agreements, rules and issues, in a form that is significantly less intimidating than existing volumes. It should be particularly helpful in making the subject accessible to new students, and to non-law students needing a working knowledge of the key legal issues.' Oisin Suttle, University of Sheffield

    'This book is a must read for students. It provides a concise and comprehensive analysis of WTO law and practice, including accessibility to key concepts and relevant case law, besides which it is an essential source of up-to-date information on latest developments in the field.' Mary Footer, University of Nottingham

    'Essentials of WTO Law by van den Bossche and Prévost masterfully combines the knowledge and experience of an Appellate Body Member and a renowned expert in trade and health issues, respectively, to offer to undergraduate students and other trade law and policy enthusiasts an accessible yet systematic discussion of WTO law basics.' Panagiotis Delimatsis, Universiteit van Tilburg, The Netherlands

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107035836
    • dimensions: 221 x 140 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. International trade and the law of the WTO
    2. Rules on non-discrimination
    3. Rules on market access
    4. Trade liberalisation and other societal values and interests
    5. Rules on unfair trade
    6. Rules regarding harmonisation of national regulation
    7. The institutional aspects of the WTO
    8. The WTO dispute settlement system.

  • Authors

    Peter Van den Bossche, WTO Appellate Body, Geneva
    Peter Van den Bossche has been a Member of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization, the highest judicial body for international trade disputes, since 2009. He is also Professor of International Economic Law at Maastricht University, the Netherlands and visiting professor at the World Trade Institute, Berne; the College of Europe, Bruges; and the University of Barcelona. He is the author (with Werner Zdouc) of The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization, 3rd edition (Cambridge, 2013).

    Denise Prévost, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
    Denise Prévost is Associate Professor in International Economic Law at Maastricht University. She has fifteen years' experience developing and teaching WTO law courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level for law and political science students both in the Netherlands and elsewhere. She has also developed and taught training modules on WTO law for government officials and other professionals.

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