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Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO Legal System
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Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO Legal System

Lorand Bartels and Federico Ortino

Abstract

This book is concerned with the legal aspects of regional trade agreements — free trade agreements and customs unions. There are currently around 300 regional trade agreements, and these continue to proliferate. As a result, this is becoming an increasingly important part of WTO law. This book investigates these agreements, and examines their regulation under WTO rules. It also looks at the relationship of these agreements to the WTO from the perspective of public international law.

Keywords: regional trade agreements, free trade agreements, custom unions, World Trade Organization, public international law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199206995
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206995.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lorand Bartels, editor
Lecturer in International Economic Law, University of Edinburgh

Federico Ortino, editor
Reader in International Economic Law, Kings College London

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Contents

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Part I Framework Issues

Part II WTO Regulation of Regional Trade Agreements

Part III WTO-plus Issues in Regional Trade Agreements

Part IV Dispute Settlement in Regional Trade Agreements

Part V Interfaces Between the WTO and Regional Trade Agreements