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Distributive Justice and World Trade Law

Distributive Justice and World Trade Law
A Political Theory of International Trade Regulation

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  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108402408


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  • What does justice demand in international trade regulation? And how far does World Trade Organization (WTO) law respond to those demands? Whether our focus is developing countries, struggling industries, or environmental protection, distributive conflict is a pervasive feature of international economic law. Despite this, we lack an adequate theory of distributive justice for this domain. Drawing on philosophical approaches to global justice, this book advances a novel theory of justice in trade regulation, and applies this to explain and critique the law of the WTO. Integrating theoretical and doctrinal approaches, it demonstrates the potential for political theory to illuminate and inform the progressive development of WTO law, including rules on border measures, discrimination, trade remedies and domestic regulation. Written from an interdisciplinary perspective, accessible to lawyers, philosophers and political scientists, the book will appeal both to theorists interested in building bridges from theory to practice, and practitioners seeking new perspectives on existing problems.

    • Provides a new approach to global economic justice which addresses problems of legal and political practice, useful to those concerned with the practical implications of global justice
    • Presents an account of distributive justice that is specific to the practical problems of international trade regulation, beneficial to theorists and practitioners seeking new perspectives on existing problems
    • Offers a comprehensive critique of existing philosophical, economic and political economy theories in their application to trade law, whilst providing an introduction and overview of the literature
    • Analyses recurring doctrinal problems in key areas of the WTO goods regime, presenting both a theoretical and doctrinal approach useful for legal scholars
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    • Winner, 2019, Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship, Society of Legal Scholars

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108402408
    • length: 422 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Foundations:
    1. Introduction
    2. Why World Trade Law needs a theory of justice
    Part II. Justice:
    3. Towards a political theory of international economic law
    4. Sovereignty, nationality and the limits of statism
    5. Self-determination and external trade measures
    Part III. Law:
    6. Border measures, discrimination, and ETMs
    7. Justifying ETMs: development provisions and general exceptions
    8. Trade remedies and fairness in international trade regulation
    9. Domestic regulation, self-determination and DEMs
    Part IV. Progress:
    10. Conclusion: where to from here?

  • Author

    Oisin Suttle, Queen's University Belfast
    Oisin Suttle is a Lecturer at Queen's University, Belfast, having previously taught at the University of Sheffield and University College London. He teaches political philosophy, public international law and WTO law. He holds degrees in law (University College Dublin) and international relations (University of Oxford), and a Ph.D. on the philosophy of international economic law (University College London). His research has been published in leading international journals, including the European Journal of International Law, the Modern Law Review, and the Journal of International Law and International Relations. He formerly practiced commercial law and is qualified both in Ireland and in England and Wales.


    • Winner, 2019, Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship, Society of Legal Scholars

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