The Development of World Trade Organization Law: Examining Change in International Law

Hardcover | February 27, 2016

byGregory Messenger

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The World Trade Organization is a central player in international trade regulation. The rights and duties that form WTO law are not created in a vacuum, however, and there exists a complex network of domestic, regional and international influences on the development of WTO law that go beyondthe disciplines found in the covered agreements or the interpretations given by panels and the Appellate Body. As such, understanding the development of WTO law in a wider institutional context is critical to comprehending WTO law in a new age of legal globalization. The Development of World Trade Organization Law: Examining Change in International Law examines the development of WTO law through an analysis of competing global actors, norms, and institutions. Taking a different approach to social-scientific or traditional legal models, this book argues that suchglobalized actors are the driving force behind the development of WTO law yet not in control of it. Identifying causal language as key to understanding this development, the volume examines three different causal influences: instrumental, systemic, and constitutive. It applies this causalmethodology to three key areas of WTO law: safeguard measures, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and subsidies. The volume provides detailed explanations of why the law has developed as it has and offers insights into the future functioning of the WTO system.

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The World Trade Organization is a central player in international trade regulation. The rights and duties that form WTO law are not created in a vacuum, however, and there exists a complex network of domestic, regional and international influences on the development of WTO law that go beyondthe disciplines found in the covered agreemen...

Gregory Messenger is Lecturer in Law at the University of Liverpool. He was previously Junior Research Fellow in Law at the Queen's College, Oxford where he also completed his BCL and DPhil degrees. He has published on trade law and legal theory and has taught public international law, world trade law, and international investment law ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pagesPublished:February 27, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019871646X

ISBN - 13:9780198716464

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. International Law in a Globalized World3. The WTO as a Site of Globalized Legal Development4. Safeguard Measures - Legal Change and Expected Developments5. SPS Measures and Inter-Institutional Contestations6. Subsidies Regulation and the Public-Private Relationship7. Conclusion