Developing Countries in the WTO Legal System

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Overview

With contributions from some of the leading experts in international trade, law, and economics, Joel P. Trachtman and Chantal Thomas have compiled a comprehensive volume that looks at the positioning of developing countries within the WTO system. These chapters address some of the most pressing issues facing these countries, while reflecting on Robert E. Hudec's groundbreaking book, Developing Countries in the GATT Legal System. In his landmark contribution, Hudec argued against preferential and non-reciprocal treatment for developing countries. He did so on the basis of a combination of economic, political and legal insights that persuasively demonstrated that non-reciprocal treatment would not benefit developing countries. It is a testament to Hudec's legacy that his analysis is still the object of scholarly discussion more than 20 years later.

The first part of this book evaluates the general situation of developing countries within the WTO. The second part examines market access and competition law within these countries. Lastly, it discusses the special arrangements these countries have with international financial institutions, the developing country's capacity to litigate, and an analysis of the country's level of participation in WTO dispute settlements.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195383614
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Chantal Thomas is a Professor of Law at Cornell University Law School, where she teaches international law, international trade law, and law and globalization.

Joel P. Trachtman is Professor of International Law at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is a member of the Boards of the American Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Economic Law, the Singapore Yearbook of International Law and the Law and Development Review. He has consulted for the United Nations, the OECD, APEC, the World Bank, the Organization of American States, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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