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Essentials of WTO Law

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: September 2021
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108793629

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  • The multilateral trading system and the WTO, its principal institution, are currently in crisis. Now more than ever, it is essential to provide a sound understanding of WTO rules and procedures, and their contribution to a secure and predictable framework for trading relations between nations. This book provides a timely and carefully considered overview of the substantive rules and institutional arrangements of the WTO, written in a concise and highly reader-friendly manner. It provides a clear and systematic discussion of key issues of WTO law, and incorporates important case law and current debates. It includes useful pedagogical features such as illustrative examples of the application of the legal framework to practical situations to facilitate understanding, as well as lists of further reading. Co-written by a leading authority in the field, it forms essential reading for anyone who wants to get to grips with this fascinating and 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
    • This new edition provides essential updates on recent case law and practice and incorporates current debates
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘In this much awaited second edition, Van den Bossche and Prévost have again succeeded in providing an excellent and up-to-date overview of the core elements of WTO law, both institutional and substantive, in an accessible and systematic manner. It is without a doubt an essential source of introductory reading for new students of WTO law, as well as a key reference for more established lawyers in the field. A perfect complement to more extensive treatises of the subject.’ Gracia Marín Durán, University College London

    ‘Essentials of WTO Law is a quick and easy introduction to the nuances of WTO law, featuring underlying principles as well as the societal values. Van den Bossche and Prévost have masterfully updated this edition, which serves as a great reference resource and is well worth adding to the recommended text list of any WTO law course.’ Swati Gola, University of Exeter

    ‘This book makes for a perfect one-semester companion, effortlessly combining knowledge, analysis, and engagement.’ Filippo Fontanelli, Edinburgh Law School

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: September 2021
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108793629
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. International trade and the law of the WTO
    2. The Word Trade Organization
    3. The WTO dispute settlement system
    4. Rules on non-discrimination
    5. Rules on market access
    6. Trade liberalization and other societal values and interests
    7. Rules on unfair trade
    8. Rules regarding harmonization of national regulation
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  • Authors

    Peter Van den Bossche, University of Bern
    Peter Van den Bossche was a judge on the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization, the highest judicial body for international trade disputes, from 2009 to 2019. He is the author (with Werner Zdouc) of The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization, 5th edition (2022). He is Director of Studies of the World Trade Institute of the University of Bern, and President of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL).

    Denise Prévost, University of Maastricht
    Denise Prévost has nineteen years' experience developing and teaching WTO law courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level for law and political sciences students, both in the Netherlands and abroad. She has also developed and taught training modules on WTO law for government officials and other professionals. She is the author of several publications on issues of WTO law, and has carried out consultancy and capacity-building work for national, European, and international bodies.

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