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International Standardization and the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade

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  • Date Published: November 2018
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108474368
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  • International Standardization and the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade examines the international standardization system generally, with a specific focus on some of the bodies within this system, along with their rules and procedures. It also examines - and questions - the lack of definition regarding several features related to the system, notably an international standardizing body (ISB) and international standards in the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT). Andrea Barrios Villarreal, who has been involved in standardization activities for more than seven years, provides a unique and in-depth analysis that will be useful to scholars, students and practitioners. This illuminating work is a welcome addition to the international economic law literature and should be read by anyone with an interest in the interaction between trade law and international standardization.

    • Explores a topic (standardization) that has been barely studied from the law perspective
    • Explains World Trade Organization (WTO) law to regulators and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and standardization activities to lawyers
    • Helps policymakers in developing countries better understand their rights and obligations under WTO law
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    16th Feb 2019 by PhillipTaylor

    A GREAT INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION AT A TURNING POINT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE An appreciation by Elizabeth Robson Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers and Phillip Taylor MBE, Head of Chambers and Reviews Editor, “The Barrister” Cambridge University Press CUP) are to be congratulated with the publication of this important book on trade. Dr Andrea Barrios Villarreal’s purpose is to review “the international standardization system generally, with a specific focus on some of the bodies within this system, along with their rules and procedures”. We found it to be a most stimulating book at a very important time for international trade. She also considers, and questions, what she views as a lack of definition concerning several features of the system, notably an international standardizing body (ISB) and international standards in the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT). As many readers will realise, this is a deep and complex subject which CUP have taken under their legal wing at an historic crossroad for trade arrangements. Dr Villarreal has been directly concerned with standardization activities for more than seven years. What she provides us with here is “a unique and in-depth analysis that will be useful to scholars, students and practitioners”. CUP have produced a superb, distinguished book at just the right time for international trade law. It’s described as an illuminating work which we feel will be a welcome addition from scholars and practitioners involved in international economic law literature. It should be read by anyone with an interest in the interaction between trade law and international standardization because technical regulations and standards “have existed since antiquity”. To add some controversy, especially for Brexiteers, these regulations and standards are “the invisible gears that shape the world we live in today. Villarreal says they “shape not only the physical world around us, but our social lives and even our very selves”. In six chapters, the author produces specific conclusions with a general summing up at the end. It’s also a work which provides a glance into the international standardizing system with a focus on some bodies whose activities fall under the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement. Sadly, the author concludes that the system is comprised of many other bodies that have not been studied properly. She does touch on some of the issues and suggests some of the answers although she admits there are still many issues to be explored. This book is in the right place at the right time for the trauma which is Brexit and the knock-on effects for trade although this book is probably just the beginning of a number of titles which will be appearing in the next few years. The book was published in 4th October 2018.

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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108474368
    • length: 326 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 5 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of abbreviations and acronyms
    Introduction
    1. The international standardization system
    2. International standards as part of international law
    3. Standards from the economic perspective
    4. International standardization under the WTO
    5. Practical application of the concept of an international standardizing body
    6. Practical application of the concept of international standard: case studies
    General conclusions
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Andrea Barrios Villarreal, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
    Andrea Barrios Villarreal has a Ph.D. in international law from The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She has also worked on standardization issues for the Mexican government, international organizations, and in the private sector, including roles as Director for International Standardization at the Mexican National Standards Body and Chair of the Codex Committee for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.

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