Liberalising Trade in the EU and the WTO: A Legal Comparison

Liberalising Trade in the EU and the WTO: A Legal Comparison

By: Karsten Engsig Sorensen (editor), Birgitte Egelund Olsen (editor), Sanford E. Gaines (editor)Hardback

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This comparison of EU and WTO approaches to common trade-liberalisation challenges brings together eighteen authors from Europe and America. Together they explore fundamental legal issues, such as the role of general principles of law, the role of the judiciary in the development of law, the effect of the principle of non-discrimination and the elimination of non-discriminatory barriers to trade. The contributions also examine the most recent developments in trade law across a full range of trade issues, including TBT and SPS, services, intellectual property, customs rules, safeguards, anti-dumping and government procurement. Adopting a comparative perspective throughout, this volume sheds light on today's trade law and suggests paths forward for each system through the perennial tensions between open, non-discriminatory trade and strongly held national values and objectives.

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Sanford E. Gaines is a guest professor at the Department of Law, Aarhus University, Denmark. His career has included service at a senior level at the Office of the US Trade Representative during the NAFTA and Uruguay Round negotiations. Birgitte Egelund Olsen is a professor at the Department of Law, Aarhus University. She researches general issues of EU law and WTO law, specialising in environmental law and the interaction between trade and environment. Karsten Engsig Sorensen is a professor at the Department of Law, Aarhus University. His primary research areas are EU law and trade law, in particular the internal market, EU company law, EU competition law and WTO law.


Part I. Introduction: 1. Introduction: comparing two trade liberalisation regimes Sanford E. Gaines, Birgitte Egelund Olsen and Karsten Engsig Sorensen; Part II. Framework: 2. Negotiating in the shadow of good faith in the EU and the WTO Amin Alavi; 3. The influence of general principles of law Jan Wouters; 4. Sanctioning members, enforcement and ensuring compliance Bugge T. Daniel; 5. The Court of Justice of the European Union and the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization: between Constitutionalism and Dispute Settlement Pieter Jan Kuijper; Part III. Comparative Disciplines: 6. Direct and indirect discrimination Thomas Cottier and Matthias Oesch; 7. Non-discriminatory restrictions to trade Karsten Engsig Sorensen; 8. Trade and social objectives Sanford E. Gaines and Birgitte Egelund Olsen; 9. The freedom to provide services J. W. van de Gronden; Part IV. Harmonization Needs - Implicit and Explicit: 10. Technical regulations and their notification Karsten Engsig Sorensen; 11. Rules on subsidies/state aid Pernille W. Jessen; 12. Product standards and labelling Ilona Cheyne; 13. The precautionary principle Helle Tegner Anker; 14. Government procurement Michael Steinicke; 15. Customs law Carsten Willemoes Jorgensen; 16. Comparing regulatory treatment of intellectual property at WTO and EU level Matthew Elsmore; 17. Antidumping practices in the European Union: a comparative analysis of rules and application in WTO context Hylke Vandenbussche and Laura Rovegno; 18. Rules on safeguards Henrik Andersen; Part V: 19. Conclusion and recommendations Sanford E. Gaines, Birgitte Egelund Olsen and Karsten Engsig Sorensen.

Product Details

  • publication date: 02/08/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781107012752
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 520
  • ID: 9781107012752
  • weight: 890
  • ISBN10: 1107012759

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