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World Trade Organization (WTO)

Law, Economics, and Politics, 2nd Edition

By Bernard M. Hoekman, Petros C. Mavroidis

© 2016 – Routledge

174 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is one of the most important international organizations in existence today. It contains a set of disciplines that affect the ability of governments to impose trade restrictions, and has helped to support the steady expansion of international trade since the 1950s. The WTO has been the focus of vociferous protests by anti-globalization activists and has experienced great difficulties in agreeing to new trade rules since its establishment. At the same time it has become the premier global forum for the settlement of trade disputes and has proven to provide a robust framework for international cooperation in the trade area. This book separates the facts from the propaganda and provides an accessible overview of the WTO’s history, structure and policies as well as a discussion of the future of the organization. It also confronts the criticisms of the WTO and assesses their validity.

New to the second edition:

  • discussion of legislative amendments to the WTO Agreement, in particular Aid for Trade, the Agreement on Trade Facilitation and the Bali Package
  • evaluation of case law developments and major disputes since 2007, including analysis of the WTO and the financial crisis – in particular the trade policy responses of WTO Members and institutional response
  • reflection on recent shifts to mega-regional agreements (TPP, TISA, TTIP) and their implications
  • what next post Bali?

Fully updated throughout, this book continues to be essential reading for students of international trade, international political economy, commercial law and international organizations as well as activists and others interested in a balanced account of a key global institution.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1 A very brief history of the trading system 2 The WTO in a nutshell 3 Trade in Goods 4 Services, Intellectual Property, and Plurilateral Agreements 5 Dispute Settlement and Transparency 6 Developing Countries and the Multilateral Trading System 7 Whither the Trading System? Conclusion

About the Authors

Bernard M. Hoekman is Professor and Director of Global Economics at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

Petros C. Mavroidis is Edwin B. Parker Professor of Foreign and Comparative Law at Columbia University, USA and Professor of Law at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
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Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL041000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)