At a time when developments in WTO law have made this field increasingly complex, this concise and non-technical introduction provides a timely and carefully considered overview of the substantive rules and institutional arrangements of the WTO. A variety of text features enables a rich understanding of the law: illustrative examples clarify important issues of the law and demonstrate the law's practical application; boxed summaries of key rulings in WTO case law highlight the interpretation of the relevant provisions and lead readers to a deep understanding of the meaning and application of legal rules; and recommendations for further reading allow readers to engage with current debates. Online resources include links to useful sources of information for work and research within the field. Co-written by a leading authority in the field, this is essential reading for anyone who wants to get to grips with this fascinating yet challenging field of law.
Peter Van den Bossche has been a Member of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization, the highest judicial body for international trade disputes, since 2009. He is also Professor of International Economic Law at Maastricht University, the Netherlands and visiting professor at the World Trade Institute, Berne; the College of Europe, Bruges; and the University of Barcelona. He is the author (with Werner Zdouc) of The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization, 3rd edition (Cambridge, 2013). Denise Prevost is Associate Professor in International Economic Law at Maastricht University. She has fifteen years' experience developing and teaching WTO law courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level for law and political science students both in the Netherlands and elsewhere. She has also developed and taught training modules on WTO law for government officials and other professionals.
1. International trade and the law of the WTO; 2. Rules on non-discrimination; 3. Rules on market access; 4. Trade liberalisation and other societal values and interests; 5. Rules on unfair trade; 6. Rules regarding harmonisation of national regulation; 7. The institutional aspects of the WTO; 8. The WTO dispute settlement system.