Daniel Bethlehem, Donald McRae, Rodney Neufeld and Isabelle Van Damme

in The Oxford Handbook of International Trade Law

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199231928
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Law


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This article discusses the origin and structure of the international trading system, through the substantive obligations, or building blocks, of that system, the dispute settlement system, and its consequences. It examines the economic and institutional context of the world trading system, its substantive law (including regional trade regimes), and the settlement of disputes. It suggests that there is room for improvement of existing rules or the adoption of new ones. It is also concerned with the impact of the international trading regime on social values. This article looks at the wider framework of international trade law and analyses the respective roles played by multinational corporations and civil society in the development of trade law and its ongoing evolution.

Keywords: international trading system; trade regulation; trade law; social values; civil society

Article.  799 words. 

Subjects: Law ; International Law

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