A COMPARISON OF WTO AND EC LAW: Do Different Objectives and Purposes Matter for Treaty Interpretation

Marco Slotboom

There seems to exist a pre-conception that EC trade rules governing the relations between EC Member States are stricter than similar WTO trade rules governing relations between it’s Members. The pre-conception is no doubt borne out of the fact that, of the two trading regimes, the EC ostensively subscribes to more ambitious goals. A Comparison of WTO and EC Law... examines the validity of this pre-conception. More precisely, the book aims to find an answer to the following question: ‘Is it correct to assume that, given the different objects and purposes of the EC and the WTO, the EC obligations to liberalize trade between EC Member States is stricter than the corresponding WTO obligations governing the trade between WTO Members?’

With the exception of the procedural law issue of NGO participation before the European courts and the WTO dispute settlement organs, the scope of the book is limited to the EC and WTO rules on trade in goods. This excludes all other areas of EC and/or WTO, such as trade in services, free circulation of capital, right of establishment, competition law, etc. The reason for limiting the scope of the book is that trade in goods has been the traditional focus of international trade law. Compared with the WTO rules on goods, the WTO rules on trade in services and other subjects are still very much in their infancy.

Marco Slotboom is a partner at the international law firm Simmons & Simmons. He is head of the EU & Competition Law department of the Brussels office. Marco Slotboom was awarded his Ph.D in law by theUniversity of Leiden in 2005.

ISBN 10: 1 905017 21 9

ISBN 13: 978 1 905017 21 8

• Hardback • 2006 • £125.00