Microtrade: A New System of International Trade with Volunteerism Towards Poverty Elimination, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover


A New System of International Trade with Volunteerism Towards Poverty Elimination, 1st Edition

Edited by Yong-Shik Lee


216 pages

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With contributions from well-regarded scholars of international economic law, this book sets out the case for an innovative solution to extreme poverty which utilizes international trade and its legal framework to relieve populations of the poorest countries around the world of extreme poverty. "Microtrade" is international trade on a small scale, based primarily on manually produced products using small amounts of capital and low levels of technology available at a local level in lesser developed countries.

This book explores the theory, application, and legal framework for microtrade. In the first part of the book the architect of the microtrade theory, Yong-Shik Lee, offers a theoretical framework for microtrade including its basic elements, product demand and operational issues, legal issues, and the global management and facilitation of microtrade. The book then goes on to look at issues including the structure and financing of microtrade, e-commerce, government procurement, and the fair trade movement’s possible relationship with microtrade. . The final part of the book considers empirical case studies of microtrade with agricultural products. The book shows how microtrade, if effectively administered on a global scale, can do much to end extreme poverty.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Yong-Shik Lee Part 1: Theory and Elements of Microtrade 1. Conceptual Framework, Yong-Shik Lee 2. Logistical Issues and Product Demand, Yong-Shik Lee 3. Management of Microtrade: Global Network and "Paring" and Legal Framework, Yong-Shik Lee Part 2: Further Issues of Microtrade 4. Review of the Microtrade Regime: Structure and Financing, Arpita Gupta 5. Microtrade and Fair Trade, Prapanpong Khumon 6. Microtrade and Legal Cultural Consideration, Colin Picker Part 3: Applications of Microtrade 7. Application Model: E-Commerce Model and Government Procurement, Farid Shirazi, Daein Kim and Joon Gu Yoo 8. Microtrade in Agriculture, Andreas Neef, Kei Mizuno, Franklin Rwezimula, Iven Schad, and Pakakrong Makpun Williams 9. Conclusion: Trade More Than Aid, Yong-Shik Lee

About the Editor

Professor Yong-Shik Lee is a law and development scholar and an international trade lawyer. He is Professor (Chair) in Law at the University of Manchester and Director of the Law and Development Institute. He has taught and conducted research at leading universities throughout the United States, Asia, and Australia. Professor Lee has published over sixty scholarly articles, book volumes and chapters with leading publishers in North America, Europe, and Asia, in the areas of law and development, international economic law, comparative law, and international commercial arbitration. Professor Lee is currently the editor-in-chief of the Law and Development Review and an associate editor of the Journal of World Trade.

About the Series

Routledge Research in International Economic Law

The growing integration of the world economy and resulting increases in cross-border economic exchanges has been accompanied by the rapid growth of law and regulation governing these interactions. This series presents cutting-edge research in international economic law, offering fresh perspectives on what is a fast developing field.

The series surveys the key areas of international economic law: international trade law; international investment law; international financial regulation and monetary law; and related aspects of intellectual property law. Linkages with other international legal regimes are explored such as environmental law, human rights, and public health, highlighting areas where tensions may occur between economic liberalisation, sovereignty and other concerns. Books will investigate the theory, policy and practice of international economic law from a broad range of approaches allowing for innovative and scholarly assessments of the international economic legal order.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Exports & Imports
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
LAW / General
LAW / Business & Financial
LAW / Commercial / International Trade
LAW / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries