Trade in Goods (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780199657483

Petros C. Mavroidis
944 ページ
182 x 247 mm

This new edition of Trade in Goods is an authoritative work on international trade by one of the most influential scholars in the field. It provides a comprehensive and detailed analysis of every WTO agreement dealing with trade in goods. The focus of the book is on the reasoning behind the various WTO agreements and their provisions, and the manner in which they have been understood in practice. It introduces both the historic as well as the economic rationale for the emergence of the multilateral trading system, before dealing with WTO practice in all areas involving trade in goods. It contests the claim that the international trade agreements themselves represent 'incomplete contracts', realized through interpretation by the WTO and other judicial bodies. The book comprehensively analyses the WTO's case law, and it argues that a more rigorous theoretical approach is needed to ensure a greater coherence in the interpretation of the core provisions regulating trade in goods. This second edition readdresses and moves beyond the discussion of the GATT presented in the first edition to assess in significant detail every trade in goods agreement at the WTO, both multilateral as well as plurilateral. The book is written to be accessible to those new to the field, with an authoritiative level of detail and analysis that makes it essential reading for lawyers and economists alike.


1. From GATT to the WTO
2. Quantitative Restrictions, Tariffs, and Fees
3. Most Favoured Nations, Special and Differential Treatment for Developing Countries, and Preferential Trade Agreements
4. Domestic Instruments
5. Deviating from WTO Obligations
6. Agreements Dealing with Customs Procedures
7. Contingent Protection and Antidumping
8. Subsidies
9. Safeguards and Continent Protection Revisited
10. Technical Barriers to Trade and the Agreement on Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary Measures
11. The Agreement on Agriculture and the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing
12. Government Procurement
13. Transparency


Petros C. Mavroidis teaches WTO Law at EUI (Florence) and the University of Neuchatel (Switzerland) on leave from Columbia Law School where he is Edwin B. Parker Professor of Law. He acted as Chief Reporter for the American Law Institute (ALI) project on WTO entitled 'Principles of International Trade: the WTO'.