Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements: Commentary and Analysis

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The stalling of the Doha Development Round trade negotiations has resulted in bilateral and regional free trade agreements (BRTAs) becoming 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 second edition provides updated and comprehensive analysis of the contents and trends of recent BRTAs. It is unique in that it situates these agreements in their economic, international law and international relations contexts. It also comprehensively reviews the recent agreements in relation to each substantive topic covered (e.g. intellectual property, investment, services and social policy) so as to provide an overview of the law being created in these areas.
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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 President of and a trade policy analyst with the Cato Institute's Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies.

Bryan Mercurio is Professor and Vice Chancellor's Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Lorand Bartels is a University Senior Lecturer in Law and a Fellow of Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction: 1. Introduction Simon Lester, Bryan Mercurio and Lorand Bartels; Part II. Economics and Politics of PTAs: 2. The economics of PTAs Pravin Krishna; 3. The political economy of PTAs Olivier Cattaneo; 4. Bilateral and plurilateral PTAs David Evans; Part III. Relationship with WTO and International Law: 5. Legal requirements for PTAs under the WTO Andrew D. Mitchell and Nicolas J. S. Lockhart; 6. PTAs and public international law Andrew D. Mitchell, Tania Voon and Elizabeth Sheargold; Part IV. Legal Aspects of PTAs: A Comparative Analysis: 7. Regulatory regionalism in the WTO – are 'deep integration' processes compatible with the multilateral trading system? James H. Mathis; 8. Agriculture Timothy E. Josling; 9. Services Federico Ortino; 10. Investment Joshua P. Meltzer; 11. Government procurement Arwel Davies; 12. Intellectual property Michael Handler and Bryan Mercurio; 13. Social issues: labour, environment and human rights Lorand Bartels; 14. Dispute settlement Victoria Donaldson and Simon Lester.
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