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Advanced Introduction to International Trade Law

Michael J. Trebilcock Joel Trachtman

Written by two leading scholars with 60 years of collective experience in the area, this insightful updated second edition provides a clear and concise introduction to the fundamental components of international trade law, presenting the basic structure and principles of this complex area of law, alongside elucidation of specific GATT and WTO legal rules and institutions. Key updates include references to the most recent cases, decisions and treaty negotiation developments, analysis of populist critiques of international trade law and analysis of new areas including digital trade and security exceptions.
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Michael J. Trebilcock Joel Trachtman


This revised edition of Advanced Introduction to International Trade Law (2015) is an introductory book on international trade law (principally GATT/WTO law) and builds on the authors’ involvement in the field, which spans 30 years. Over this period, we have taught trade law courses at our respective home institutions of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and as visitors at Hamburg University, Harvard University, Hebrew University, New York University Law School, the University of Virginia Law School, Tsinghua Law School (Beijing), and Yale Law School. We have also authored or co-authored numerous scholarly articles on issues in international trade law and Trebilcock has authored a major treatise, with Robert Howse and Antonia Eliason, The Regulation of International Trade (Abingdon: Routledge, 4th edition, 2013). Our experience as teachers, researchers, occasional policy advisors or expert witnesses, and media commentators in the international trade field has underscored the need for a short, straightforward account of the basic structure and principles of international trade law that is widely accessible to beginning students and non-specialist scholars and policy advisors. Our hope in writing this book is that this broader readership, with a limited investment of time and intellectual effort, can acquire a basic understanding of the field, while recognizing that acquiring a more sophisticated understanding of the field will require intensive study.

Throughout the book, we have kept citations to relevant case law and scholarly literature to a minimum, while nevertheless providing references to...

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