Friday, December 7, 2007

Mavroidis: Trade in Goods: An Analysis of International Trade Agreements

Petros Mavroidis (Columbia Univ. - Law & Univ. of Neuchatel - Law) has published Trade in Goods: An Analysis of International Trade Agreements (Oxford Univ. Press 2007). Here's the abstract:

This book analyzes the establishment and operation of international agreements regulating trade in goods, focusing on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).

The book outlines the history of the international trading system from the creation of the first GATT agreement in 1947 to the establishment of the World Trade Organization in 1994. The major substantive provisions of the GATT are then analyzed alongside the other foundational trade agreements of the WTO, clarifying the economic rationale for the current legal framework.

Throughout the book, it is maintained that the agreements themselves represent "incomplete contracts," realized through interpretation by the WTO and other judicial bodies. A comprehensive analysis of the case-law is provided, where it is argued that a more rigorous theoretical approach is needed to ensure a greater coherence to the interpretation of the core provisions regulating trade in goods.