The Federation Press

Balancing Act

Law, policy and politics in globalisation and global trade


This volume focuses attention on world trade regulation issues in Australia. Published in the shadows of the Australia-USA Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) in 2004, it takes a wide-ranging and sceptical approach to the area.

It features:

  • an examination of the WTO through the lens of globalisation (Camilleri and Myconos);
  • the case against the AUSFTA (Garnaut);
  • the CER Agreement (Walker);
  • the question of special and differential treatment of LDCs within the WTO (Chen);
  • the WTO and Islamic Law (Bhala);
  • national treatment under the WTO (McMahon);
  • intellectual property protection (Drahos and Braithwaite);
  • FDI and the WTO (Sornarajah);
  • trade in services (Islam);
  • labour law issues (Murray); and
  • environmental issues (Harris).

Balancing Act is a special issue (Volume 21) of the journal Law in Context.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Towards a Fairer Order by Rules
Jianfu Chen and Gordon Walker

WTO: The Competitive Dynamic of Globalisation at Work
Joseph A Camilleri and George Myconos
The CER Agreement and Trans-Tasman Business Law Coordination: From ‘Soft Law’ Approach to ‘Hard Law’ Outcome
Gordon Walker

‘S & D’ Treatment for Developing Countries in the WTO Trade Regime: A False Solution on a Wrong Footing for LDCs
Jianfu Chen
The Intersection of Islam and the WTO: Three Sharī’a Issues in the WTO Accession of Saudi Arabia
Raj Bhala
National Regulation and the WTO: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?
Joseph A McMahon
Hegemony Based on Knowledge: The Role of Intellectual Property
Peter Drahos and John Braithwaite
Good Corporate Citizenship and the Conduct of Multinational Corporations
M Sornarajah
Pressing Issues of Global Free Trade in Services
M Rafiqul Islam
Labour Issues in Times of Globalisation: Is the Social Clause an Appropriate Legal Response?
Jill Murray
Beyond Doha: Clarifying the Role of the WTO in Determining Trade-Environment Disputes
Mark Harris

Of interest...