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Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements : Commentary and Analysis


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Aimed primarily at law professors, graduate students, lawyers and government officials working in international trade law, this second edition provides an up-to-date and detailed overview of trends and innovations in bilateral and regional trade agreements.

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ISBN 9781108464949

Lester S & Mercurio B et al






Weight 0.96 kg
Dimensions 3 × 17 × 24.5 cm


The stalling of the Doha Development Round trade negotiations has resulted in bilateral and regional free trade agreements (BRTAs) becoming an important alternative. These agreements have proliferated in recent years, and now all of the major trading countries are engaging in serious bilateral trade negotiations with multiple trading partners. This second edition provides updated and comprehensive analysis of the contents and trends of recent BRTAs. It is unique in that it situates these agreements in their economic, international law and international relations contexts. It also comprehensively reviews the recent agreements in relation to each substantive topic covered (e.g. intellectual property, investment, services and social policy) so as to provide an overview of the law being created in these areas.

About the author
Simon Lester is President of worldtradelaw.net and a trade policy analyst with the Cato Institute’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies. Bryan Mercurio is Professor and Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Lorand Bartels is a University Senior Lecturer in Law and a Fellow of Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge.

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