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Developing Countries in the GATT Legal System

  • Date Published: May 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107692169

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  • In this reissued edition of the classic work Developing Countries in the GATT Legal System, Robert E. Hudec's clear insight on the situation of developing countries within the international trade system is once again made available. Hudec is regarded as one of the most prominent commentators on the evolution of the current international trade regime, and this long out-of-print book offers his analysis of the dynamics playing out between developed and developing nations. A significant contribution when the book was first published, this work continues to serve as a thoughtful and important guide to how current and future trade policy must seriously adapt to the demands of the developing world. This new edition includes a new introduction by J. Michael Finger that examines Hudec's work to understand how the GATT got into its current historical-institutional predicament and the lasting impact of his work on current research on international trade systems.

    • Includes a new introduction by J. Michael Finger, former lead economist and chief of the Trade Research Group of the World Bank
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    'In a review of a collection of the late Robert Hudec's essays in 2000, David Palmeter wrote that Hudec's writings on international trade law 'are insightful, sensible, eloquent, witty and generally unavailable' … Cambridge's re-issuance of Developing Countries in the GATT Legal System, originally published in 1987, confirms the first four parts of this analysis and, happily, resolves part of the last problem. … Hudec provides both a history and a critique of the role of the developing countries in the GATT legal system … one cannot conclude a review of a book by Robert Hudec without paying tribute to his clear and concise writing style.' World Trade Review

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    • Date Published: May 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107692169
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. A History of the Legal Relationship:
    1. Post-war negotiations on trade liberalization
    2. First decade of the GATT:
    1948–57
    3. Demands for a new legal relationship:
    1958–63
    4. Defining the new relationship:
    1964–71
    5. Testing the new relationship:
    1972–9
    6. Developments in the 1980s: form without substance
    Part II. A Legal Critique of the GATT's Current Policy:
    7. Basic elements of the legal criticism
    8. Separating legal and economic issues
    9. Impact of GATT legal policy on internal decision-making
    10. Impact on decisions in other governments: non-reciprocity
    11. Impact on decisions in other governments: preferences
    12. First steps towards a better legal policy.

  • Author

    Robert E. Hudec
    The late Robert E. Hudec was the Melvin E. Steen Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota. He was a leading authority on trade law and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). During the early stages of the Kennedy Round of multilateral trade negotiations, conducted under the auspices of the GATT, he was Assistant General Counsel to the Special Representative for Trade Negotiations (STR) in the Executive Office of the President of the United States (1963–5), later known as the Executive Office of the President. Professor Hudec wrote many articles in professional journals on the law of international economic affairs. He was the author of Adjudication of International Trade Disputes (1977) and The GATT Legal System and World Trade Diplomacy (1975).

    Foreword

    J. Michael Finger

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