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Foundations of International Economic Law

David Collins, Professor of International Economic Law, The City Law School, City, University of London, UK
This introductory textbook explores the key legal principles and institutions that underpin the global economy. Featuring discussion of the economic rationale and social impact of the various legal regimes, Professor David Collins explores the four main pillars in international economic law: international trade, international investment, monetary relations, and development.
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Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78897 568 1
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  • Law - Academic
  • International Investment Law
  • International Economic Law, Trade Law
This introductory textbook explores the key legal principles and institutions that underpin the global economy. Featuring discussion of the economic rationale and social impact of the various legal regimes, Professor David Collins explores the four main pillars in international economic law: international trade, international investment, monetary relations, and development.

This concise textbook offers a comprehensive and accessible overview of the international legal frameworks and organizations that govern the economic relations among and between states and multinational enterprises. Collins highlights the leading cases of international tribunals and the most pressing debates, drawing attention to the role of law in balancing the goal of economic liberalization with important public interest values and the tension between sovereignty and commitment to international rules. This textbook outlines the historic rationales and contemporary roles of prominent international organizations, such as WTO, IMF and the World Bank, exploring the ways in which the global economy of the twenty-first century has been cultivated by a distinct and dynamic discipline within international law.

Key features include:

• Further reading lists for each topic, pointing students towards useful sources for more in-depth study

• Provocative and challenging discussion questions to further critical thinking either in or outside of the classroom

• Diagrams aiding learning by presenting essential concepts in a clear, visual format.

Foundations of International Economic Law is an essential guide for undergraduate and graduate students of international economic law.

‘An informative and useful primer on international economic law (IEL). Written in an accessible style, Collins rises to the challenge of producing a survey book focusing on the key principles across the discipline. Students, academics and practitioners will appreciate how contemporary issues are used to reinforce these principles.’
– Bryan Mercurio, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

‘The amorphous field of international economic law has been in need of an up-to-date treatment for students, scholars and policymakers that brings its various interweaving strands together to make sense of current developments in historical context. David Collins has written that book.’
– Tania Voon, Melbourne Law School, Australia
Contents: 1. Introduction: historic context and rationales for international trade, foreign direct investment, monetary relations and development
PART I INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW 2. The World Trade Organization’s General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade: quotas, tariffs, non-discrimination, transparency and regionalism in international trade 3. Dispute resolution in international trade: the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding and regional trade agreement dispute resolution 4. Subsidies, antidumping, safeguards and trade in services 5. General exceptions, health and safety, and intellectual property PART II INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT LAW 6. Bilateral, regional and multilateral investment agreements 7. International investment agreements: standards of protection, compensation and exceptions 8. Dispute settlement in international investment law PART III INTERNATIONAL MONETARY LAW AND DEVELOPMENT 9. International monetary relations and the International Monetary Fund 10. International development and the World Bank Index