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World Trade Organization (WTO) Law, Economics, and Politics

ISBN-10: 1138823155

ISBN-13: 9781138823150

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Bernard M. Hoekman, Petros C. Mavroidis

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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. It is a unique organization in providing a framework for Member states to make binding policy commitments that are enforced through a unique dispute settlement system and a variety of transparency mechanisms. Despite - or because of - its success, the WTO has recently become the focus of vociferous protests by anti-globalization activists. 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 services waiver for LDCs and the Bali Package notably the Agreement on Trade Facilitation evaluation of the more important case law developments and major disputes that occurred since 2007 including analysis oof the WTO and the financial crisis - in particular the trade policy responses of WTO Members and institutional response reflection on recent shift to mega-regionals (TPP, TISA, TTIP) and the implications of the continued revealed preference for PTAs 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.  
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Book details

List price: $20.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 3/30/2015
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

Bernard Hoekman manages the World Bank's international trade department. Prior positions at the World Bank include Research Manager of the trade and international integration program in the Development Research Group, leading the trade capacity building program of the World Bank Institute andworking as a trade economist in the Middle East/North Africa and Europe and Central Asia departments. He has published widely on the functioning of the multilateral trading system, trade in services, preferential trade agreements and trade and investment policy. Between 1988 and 1993 he worked as aresearch economist in the GATT Secretariat in Geneva. He is a graduate of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan and is a Research Fellow of the London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research. Dr. Michel Kostecki is Professor and Deputy Dean ofthe Faculty of Economics of the Universite de Neuchatel, Switzerland. He has been founding director of The Enterprise Institute at the same university and directed the joint doctoral program in Administrative Sciences of the French-speaking Swiss universities. He completed his PhD at the GraduateInstitute of International Studies in Geneva and worked at the Institute of Operations Research and Applied Mathematics at the University of Zurich. During the Uruguay Round Professor Kostecki was Counsellor in the GATT (now WTO) secretariat. He was Professor of Business Economics at the Universitede Montreal (HEC) in Canada and Investment Manager at a financial company of one of the leading German banks. He has published extensively on international trade and business, acted as consultant to organisations such as ASEAN, ICTSD, ITC, OECD, UNCTAD, World Bank, WTO, various ministries andmultinational companies.

Petros C. Mavroidis is the Edwin B. Parker Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, New York. He also serves as Professor of Law at the University of Neuchotel and is Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London. He specializes in the law and the WTO and serves as the Legal Advisor to the WTO in the Technical Cooperation Division, where he assists developing countries in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. He was also the chief co-reporter of the American Law Institute project Principles of International Trade: The WTO.