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Services Liberalization in the EU and the WTO
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Both in WTO law and EU law there is a dichotomy between liberalisation based on market access and targeting domestic regulation. Consequently, both regimes share the problem of distinguishing national measures impairing market access and those that do not have such effect. Looking at the provision of services, a cornerstone of EU substantive law, in the EU and the WTO this book offers a comprehensive evaluation of the current legal status quo on transnational services provision on a global level. Based on thorough analysis of both EU and WTO law, policymakers are provided with concrete proposals for fostering the consistency and effectiveness of the current regime. A final chapter discusses possible approaches to regulation such as home state rule, host state rule and mutual recognition from a comparative perspective. Written by a highly respected author team, this is essential reading for EU internal market specialists and WTO law scholars alike.


'The present monograph is a welcome treatise on services in the EU and the WTO. The author has done enormous works having analysed two systems of services regulation not in isolation but having tried to make a systematic comparison. Both the EU and the WTO system are looked at from a different angle, which gives an opportunity to discover new constellations and issues. The present monograph is a useful and recommendable work for readers who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding both of the General Agreement on Trade in Services and regulation of services in the European Union law.'

Marina Trunk-Fedorova Source: Yearbook of European Law

'[T]here is no doubt that Services Liberalization in the EU and the WTO: Concepts, Standards, and Regulatory Approaches contributes to the current stage of knowledge. Marcus Klamert and his co-authors have engaged in an important, in-depth comparative exercise that has resulted in deconstructing the WTO and the EU regulatory standards, delineating the sectoral coverage of the regimes, and suggesting legislative changes in the name of more clarity and systematisation, for example by finding a transparent basis for the non-discrimination test in the EU. Despite the fact that the book refers to economic and technical challenges accompanying the trade in services only sporadically, and is a purely legal exercise, it is a valuable source of reference for other scholars in the field.'

Branislav Hock Source: International Trade Law & Regulation

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