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Law and Diplomacy in the Management of EU–Asia Trade and Investment Relations

1st Edition

Edited by Chien-Huei Wu, Frank Gaenssmantel


260 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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This volume fills a gap in the literature regarding questions around the interactive dynamics between law and diplomacy on international trade and investment.

It brings together lawyers and political scientists from Europe and Asia in an interdisciplinary effort at tracing the respective roles of law and diplomacy in the relations of the European Union (EU) with its trade and investment partners in Asia. Focusing on trade and investment relations with Asia, the EU presents a particularly interesting case as it has been a strong proponent of a rules-based international economic order for years and a frequent user of the formal procedures established in international treaties in case of disputes. At the same time, it has kept diplomatically active to adjust dispute management and international agreements to the needs and demands of the partners involved. Furthermore, not only is this region of crucial importance due to the presence of both vigorous emerging economies, like China, India and Vietnam, and more established partners, like Japan, EU-Asia relations also present a broad set of economic disputes and recent negotiation efforts analyzed in the contributions to this volume.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of international trade/economic law, EU politics, EU external relations (law), international relations, diplomacy and more broadly to international relations and Asian studies.

Table of Contents


Chien-Huei Wu and Frank Gaenssmantel

Part I: Conceptual Discussion and Historical Evolution

1. Managing International Economic Relations through Diplomacy and Law: Towards a Framework for Understanding External Policies of the European Union

Frank Gaenssmantel and Chien-Huei Wu

2. Judicial Diplomacy? The Role of the CJEU in EU-Asia Trade Disputes

Andrés Delgado Casteleiro

3. Law and Diplomacy in EU-China Trade Relations: A Historical Overview

Jappe Eckhart

4. EU-Asia Investors-States Disputes: Assertive Legalism for Economic and Political Autonomy

Leïla Choukroune

Part II: Law and Diplomacy in the Management of Disputes and Disagreements

5. Embedding Diplomacy in Formal Procedures: How the European Commission Navigated the Solar Panel Dispute with China

Frank Gaenssmantel

6. The China-EU Solar Panel Trade Dispute: Explaining Different Responses of the Member States

Shaofeng Chen

7. Disciplining Export Restrictions through Negotiation and Litigation

Chien-Huei Wu

8. The Limits of a Legal Approach in Resolving EU-China Trade Disputes on Non-Market Economy Status

Ching-Wen Hsueh

Part III: Diplomacy and the Creation of Law

9. Preventing Divergences from Becoming Disputes:The Elusive EU-China Investment Negotiations

Julien Chaisse, Qian Xu, Xueliang Ji

10. A Legal Approach for Trade Issues and a Diplomatic Approach for Non-Trade and Sustainability Issues? From the EUSFTA via the Singapore Opinion of the Court of Justice of the EU to the JEFTA

Herman Voogsgeerd

11. More than Words? Labour Standards in the Future EU-India FTA

Gerda van Roozendaal

12. New Trade Rule-Making regarding Sustainable Development in EU FTAs with Asian Countries

Yumiko Nakanishi


Chien-Huei Wu and Frank Gaenssmantel

About the Editors

Chien-huei Wu is associate research professor in Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.

Frank Gaenssmantel is assistant professor at the Department of International Relations and International Organisation at the University of Groningen, Netherlands.

About the Series

Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies

The Contemporary European Studies Series is an outlet for the publication of first-rate research in European Union Studies. The series primarily publishes research monographs but will also consider proposals for research-driven and thematic edited volumes. Although predominantly a Politics/IR and Law series, the series editors are keen to encourage approaches that are interdisciplinary. CES seeks to publish excellent material from both established and new scholars.

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