Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements: Commentary and Analysis

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As the Doha Development Round trade negotiations have stalled, bilateral and regional free trade agreements have become an important alternative. These agreements have proliferated in recent years, and now all of the major trading countries are engaging in serious bilateral trade negotiations with multiple trading partners. This book provides a comprehensive study of recent bilateral and regional trade agreements. There are two main aspects. First, it surveys the most important recent agreements in relation to each substantive topic covered (e.g. intellectual property, investment, services and social policy) and provides an overview of the law being created in these areas. Second, the bilateral and regional trade agreements are explained in the context of economics, international law and international relations.

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'The impact of the recent proliferation of free trade agreements on the WTO-based trading system is only beginning to be felt. In a collection of thoughtful essays, the editors have assembled a provocative and insightful collection that will be an invaluable resource on FTAs, for academics, practitioners, and trade negotiators alike.' James Bacchus, Former Chairman of the WTO Appellate Body
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Meet the Author

Simon Lester is the co-founder and President of

Bryan Mercurio is Professor of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction Simon Lester and Bryan Mercurio; Part I. Economics and Politics of FTAs: 2. Economics of FTAs Pravin Krishna; 3. Politics/international relations/political economy of FTAs Olivier Cattaneo; 4. Bilateral versus multilateral FTAs David Evans; Part II. Relationship with WTO and International Law: 5. Legal requirements for FTAs under the WTO Nic Lockhart and Andrew Mitchell; 6. The relationship of FTAs to international law Tania Voon and Andrew Mitchell; Part III. Legal Aspects of FTAs: Comparative Analysis: 7. Agriculture Tim Josling; 8. Rules of origin Amy Johanneson; 9. Services Federico Ortino; 10. Investment Josh Meltzer; 11. Government procurement Arwel Davies; 12. Intellectual property Bryan Mercurio; 13. Social issues: labor, environment, human rights Lorand Bartels; 14. Dispute settlement Simon Lester and Victoria Donaldson.

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