The World Trade Organization: Legal, Economic and Political Analysis by Arthur E. AppletonThe World Trade Organization: Legal, Economic and Political Analysis by Arthur E. Appleton

The World Trade Organization: Legal, Economic and Political Analysis

byArthur E. AppletonEditorMichael G. Plummer

Hardcover | May 26, 2005

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With more than eighty chapters, this three-volume work - described by the current Director-General of the World Trade Organization as an "outstanding contribution" to understanding the world trading system - is by far the most comprehensive study yet undertaken of the WTO. Contributors to the book include two former Directors-General of the WTO, a former Deputy Director-General, a former and a present member of the WTO Appellate Body, and several present and former officials of the WTO Secretariat. They also include a number of former heads of country delegations to the GATT and the WTO, as well as leading academics and practitioners from many countries.

The core of the book is the section on the legal framework of the WTO, which contains detailed legal analyses of the GATT 1994 and each of the specialized WTO agreements, as well as a discussion of the institutional framework of the WTO. The book also includes a number of chapters on the WTO dispute resolution process - a critical part of the world trading system - and on the growing phenomenon of regional trade agreements. In addition, the book contains sections discussing important political aspects of the WTO, such as the relationship between trade and the environment, labor, and human rights. A section on economic issues includes chapters analyzing the economic aspects of such critical aspects as anti-dumping, safeguards, trade and the environment, and trade and labor. A series of country reports considers the WTO from the perspective of individual members and would-be members, ranging from the United States and the European Union to Mongolia.

The book is an essential tool for anyone with a professional interest in the WTO, ranging from government officials involved in trade policy to legal practitioners to academics.


From the review(forthcoming):

"The list of contributors is as impressive as the size of the book itself"

"covers practically all aspects of the WTO and its activities"

"many carefully crafted and conscientiously researched contributions"

"thought provoking contributions"

"Excellent and detailed analyses of the legal framework of the [WTO], including the multilateral and plurilateral agreements and the dispute settlement proceedings."

"avoids the jargon that often tends to plague texts dealing with GATT/WTO law"

"Given its breadth and depth, and the quality of the contributions, the book is likely to become the standard reference tool for trade experts and professionals" (Veijo Heiskanen, Journal of Trade Law, December 2006)

Title:The World Trade Organization: Legal, Economic and Political AnalysisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:3117 pagesPublished:May 26, 2005Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0387226850

ISBN - 13:9780387226859

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Table of Contents

Table of Cases.- Foreword.- Introduction .- An Interpretative History of the Uruguay Round Negotiation.- The Politics of Trade Policy Development:The New Complexity.- The Democratic Roots of the Trade Organization.- Institutional Framework.- GATT 1994.- The Agreement on Agriculture.- The Agreement on the Application Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.- The Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.- The Agreement on Textiles and Clothing.- The Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures.- The Anti-Dumping Agreement.- The Agreement on Customs Valuation.- The Agreement on Pre-Shipment Inspection.- The Agreement on Import Licensing Procedures.- The Agreement on Rules of Origin.- The Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures.- Injury Determinations in Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations.- The Agreement on Safeguards.- The General Agreement on Trade in Services.- Financial Services.- Telecommunications Services.- The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.- The Agreement on Government Procurement.- The Agreement on Trade in Civil Aircraft and Other Issues Relating To Civil Aircraft in the GATT/WTO System.- Consultations.- Panel Proceedings.- Appellate Body Proceedings.- Implementation and Enforcement of the WTO Agreements .- Non-Violation Revisited.- Some Thoughts on the Appellate Body.- The Application of Non-WTO Rules of International Law in WTO Dispute Settlement.- The Intervention of Private Entities and States as 'Friends of the Court' in WTO Dispute Settlement Proceedings.- The WTO Agreement in European Community Law: Status, Effect and Enforcement.- Special and Differential Treatment of Developing Countries.- National Security.- Tariff Classification.- Economic Principles of International Trade.- Computational Analysis of Multilateral Trade Liberalization in the Uruguay Round and Doha Development Round.- Safeguards.- Anti-Dumping and Competition Law.-Subsidies and Countervailing Measures.- Agriculture.- Environmental Issues.- Labor Standards.- Services - Postal versus Express Delivery Services.- Regional Trade Arrangements --A Legal Analysis.- The Economies in Transition, the WTO and Regionalism .- Rules of Origin and Rules of Preference and the World Trade Organization: The Challenge to Global Trade Liberalization.- Services in Regional Trading Arrangements.- Rules for Foreign Direct Investment at the WTO: Building on Regional Trade Agreements.- Regional Trading Arrangements and Developing Countries.- Least Developed Countries in the Multilateral Trading System.- Textiles and Developing Countries.- The TRIPS Agreement and Developing Countries.- Trade-Related Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building.- Trade and Electronic Commerce.- Trade and Competition Policy.- Trade and Environment.- Trade and Labor I.- Trade and Labor II.- Trade and Human Rights I.- Trade and Human Rights II.- Trade and Gender.- Trade and Culture.- Argentina.- Canada.- China .- Colombia.- Egypt.- The European Union.- Indonesia.- Japan.- Korea.- Mexico.- Mongolia .- New Zealand.- Russia.- Singapore.- South Africa.- United States.- Pursuing Global Free Trade: A Small Open Economy Perspective.- Global Integration - Currents and Countertrends.- APPENDIX - WTO MINISTERIAL DECLARATIONS - Singapore, Geneva, Doha, and Cancun.

Editorial Reviews

From the reviews:"The legal treatment is comprehensive (to say the least)" "The contributors overall do an admirable job of weaving the WTO panel and Appellate Body cases into the analysis of the various regimes covered". "A major volume of work on the WTO and probably the larges single-published reference for the WTO." "Excellent value for the researcher and the instructor" "A very large but also highly detailed presentation of the multilateral system at the WTO." "Will certainly deserve a position as a classic reference on international economy in the WTO." (Legal Issues of Economic Intergation, 2006)