The Federation Press

International Trade Law and the WTO

Overview

This book is dedicated to the memory of Professor Azizur Rahman Chowdhury.

The book discusses some notable debates in the arena of international trade law and globalisation. It looks at the basic structure of the WTO, its function, and decision-making, and explores key economic and legal concepts underpinning the WTO, including Most-Favoured-Nation Treatment and National Treatment.

The need of the hour is to discuss tariff barriers and non-tariff barriers, as they assist in promoting economic development. Besides these, the WTO attempts to control illegal trade practices, including dumping and subsidies, which are also pertinent topics in the current climate.

The book examines many of these issues through exploring the jurisprudence and regulatory framework of WTO. It examines the existing WTO jurisprudence to reconcile trade liberalisation with other societal values and interests. Furthermore, it highlights the regulation of international trade in agricultural products. Overall, this book shows that international trade law of the WTO is not a self-contained discipline, but has clear connections with other social, economic, and environmental subjects.

The WTO interacts with these issues, and thus the book discusses, clarifies and identifies its relationship with human rights, intellectual property rights and the environment. It discusses the following topics in single chapters; Trade, Globalisation and Economic Policy; WTO and Environment; WTO and Human Rights; WTO and Regulation of International Trade in Agricultural Products; WTO and Developing Countries. The book provides a unique, interdisciplinary, and refreshing approach to the study of international trade law and the WTO.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Indira Carr, Shawkat Alam, Md Jahid Hossain Bhuiyan and Azizur Rahman Chowdhury

Trade, Globalisation and Economic Policy
J Patrick Kelly

Origins of GATT/WTO
Padideh Ala’i

WTO Dispute Settlement
Elimma C Ezeani

The Most-Favoured Nation Treatment Principle
Jakkrit Kuanpoth

The National Treatment Obligations Under the WTO
Chang-fa Lo

Barriers to Trade in Goods and Services
Shawkat Alam and Md Rizwanul Islam

Dumping and Anti-dumping Measures
Razeen Sappideen and Ling Ling He

Subsidies and Countervailing Duties
Cindy Galway Buys

General and Security Exceptions under the GATT 1994 and the GATS
Glyn Ayres and Andrew D Mitchell

GATT/WTO Rules Governing the Use of Safeguard Measures
David A Gantz

Regional Integration Exceptions, Balance-of-Payments Exceptions, Infant-Industry-Protection Exception, and Generalised System of Preferences Exception under the GATT and GATS
Tareq M R Chowdhury and Md Jahid Hossain Bhuiyan

WTO and Environment
Indira Carr

Four Points about Trade and Human Rights
Raj Bhala

The WTO Agreement on Agriculture
Joseph A McMahon

Intellectual Property, TRIPS and Development
Anne Fitzgerald and Rami Olwan

Bibliography
Index

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