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Advanced Introduction to International Trade Law

Michael J. Trebilcock, Professor of Law and Economics, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Canada
A second and fully updated edition of the book previously entitled Understanding Trade Law, this book presents an accessible yet nuanced introduction to the basic structure and principles of international trade law. It explores the development of the international trade law regime, principally GATT and WTO law, and through clear and concise discussion of the many developments that have arisen, gives a streamlined overview of this notoriously complex area of legal study.

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Extent: 232 pp
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Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978 1 78347 159 1
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Publication Date: 2015
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  • Law - Academic
  • International Economic Law, Trade Law
A second and fully updated edition of the book previously entitled Understanding Trade Law, this book presents an accessible yet nuanced introduction to the basic structure and principles of international trade law. It explores the development of the international trade law regime, principally GATT and WTO law, and through clear and concise discussion of the many developments that have arisen, gives a streamlined overview of this notoriously complex area of legal study.

Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences and law, expertly written by the world’s leading scholars.

Michael Trebilcock provides a broad and deep narrative of the fundamental components of international trade law through succinct chapters, situating each topic in the context of broader domestic and international political economy considerations. The topics covered include: the emergence of the multilateral trading system (WTO); dispute settlement; tariffs; preferential trade agreements; the principle of non-discrimination; contingent protection laws; agriculture; services; investment; intellectual property; health; safety; environmental and labour standards regulation; and the role of developing countries in the trading system. Discussion is rooted by useful reference points to basic sources throughout.

Written with the insight of 25 years’ experience in the study of international trade law, this unique book makes a valuable addition to the literature and will be an indispensable reference point. It will be essential reading for students in law and a vital resource for those in economics, political science and international relations. Non-specialist scholars and policy advisors will benefit from the book’s comprehensive and discerning exploration of the principles of international trade law.
‘This book is a perfect introduction to newcomers to the field and a refresher for those who would like to be reminded of the essentials. It has everything a good book on trade law needs: Theory, practice of adjudicative bodies, doctrine and black letter law, and critical scholarly analysis. Of each one of them only the essentials – just as much as needed to get a comprehensive overview but not so much as to be overwhelmed with detail. Highly recommended for the classroom and beyond!’
– Kai Purnhagen, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

‘This volume is authoritative and nuanced, yet concise and highly readable. At a time when international trade law is becoming the de facto law of globalization, affecting practically every area of public policy, Advanced Introduction to International Trade Law is essential reading for policy-makers, scholars and students alike.’
– Joel P. Trachtman, Tufts University, US

‘Who better to provide this highly accessible yet thorough introduction to international trade law than Michael Trebilcock, one of the world’s pre-eminent scholars in the field. It introduces all of the important issues in contemporary trade law in straightforward language, capturing the critical details of each topic with both clarity and brevity. It can also serve as an excellent companion to the thick textbooks that accompany international economics or international trade law courses, or help anyone interested in this topic to understand the issues without slugging through legal and economics jargon that makes other sources less approachable.’
– Benjamin Liebman, Saint Joseph's University, US

‘An essential volume for students of international trade law. Michael Trebilcock presents a comprehensive, concise and accessible account of the legal regime governing the trading system. This revised edition takes account of the latest developments in the field. Like the first edition, this one is a masterful treatment of the subject that should be on the shelf of everyone working in international trade.’
– Andrew Guzman, University of California Berkeley School of Law, US

‘The book is a much welcome contribution to the study of international trade law, and is recommended to all students, academics, practitioners and policy-makers working in the field of international economic law. It is to be hoped that future editions will continue to update this highly useful text.’
– International Trade Law and Regulation
Contents: 1. Setting the Context 2. Dispute Settlement Under the WTO 3. Tariffs and the Most Favoured Nation Principle 4. Preferential Trade Agreements 5. The National Treatment Principle 6. Antidumping Laws 7. Subsidies, Countervailing Duties and Government Procurement 8. Safeguards and Adjustment Assistance Policies 9. Trade and Agriculture 10. Trade in Services 11. Trade and Investment 12. Trade-related Intellectual Property Rights 13. Trade Policy and Domestic Health and Safety Regulation 14. Trade Policy and the Environment 15. Trade Policy, Labour Standards and Human Rights 16. Trade Policy and Developing Countries Index