Thursday, September 6, 2007

Horn & Mavroidis: The American Law Institute Reporters' Studies on WTO Case Law

Henrik Horn (Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Stockholm) & Petros C. Mavroidis (Columbia Univ. - Law) have published The American Law Institute Reporters' Studies on WTO Case Law (Cambridge Univ. Press 2007). Contributors include: Henrik Horn, Petros C. Mavroidis, Joseph H.H. Weiler, Robert Howse, Damien J. Neven, Merit E. Janow, Robert W. Staiger, Gene M. Grossman, Kyle Bagwell, and Alan O. Sykes. Here's the abstract:
This compendium brings together the entire output to date of the American Law Institute (ALI) project on World Trade Organization Law. Reporters' Studies are offered on all disputes from the adjudicating bodies of the WTO in recent years, including those concerning Foreign Sales Corporations (FSC), the Byrd Amendment and the long-lasting US-Canada softwood lumber conflict. Each case is jointly evaluated by well-known experts in trade law and international economics. ALI Reporters critically review the jurisprudence of WTO adjudicating bodies and evaluate whether the ruling "makes sense" from an economic as well as a legal point of view, and, if not, whether the problem lies in the interpretation of the law or the law itself. The Studies do not always cover all issues discussed in a case, but they seek to discuss both the procedural and the substantive issues that form, in the Reporters' view, the "core" of the dispute.