Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bethlehem, McRae, Neufeld, & Van Damme: The Oxford Handbook of International Trade Law

Daniel Bethlehem (Legal Adviser, U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Donald McRae (Univ. of Ottawa - Law), Rodney Neufeld (Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade), & Isabelle Van Damme (Univ. of Cambridge - Law) have published The Oxford Handbook of International Trade Law (Oxford Univ. Press 2009). Here's the abstract:

Over the past 10 years, the content and application of international trade law has grown dramatically. The WTO created a binding dispute settlement process and in resolving disputes, the judicial organs of the WTO have built up a substantial amount of new international trade law. Emerging from this new WTO process is an international trade law system that is in some respects self-contained and in other respects overlapping and linked to other international legal, economic and political regimes. The 'boundaries' of trade law are now generating enormous interest and controversy which, at a broader level, is subsumed within the debate over globalisation.

The detailed development of the rules of international trade is being examined with increasing frequency by scholars, government officials and trade law practitioners. But how does it fit with existing systems? How it is modified by them? How does the international trade law system affect and modify other regimes?

This Handbook places international trade law within its broader context, providing comment and critique on contemporary thinking on a range of questions both related specifically to the discipline of international trade law itself and to the outside face of international trade law and its intersection with States and other aspects of the international system. It examines the economic and institutional context of the world trading system, its substantive law (including regional trade regimes) and the settlement of disputes. The final part of the book explores the wider framework of the world trading system, considering issues including the relationship of the WTO to civil society, the use of economic sanctions, state responsibility, and the regulation of multinational corporations.