THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE: Essays over Three Decades

Andreas F. Lowenfeld

The public law of international trade has been a subject of much puzzlement, both in regard to the relation of states to each other and in regard to the relation of international commitments to domestic legislation. In the articles and reviews here assembled, one of America’s leading international lawyers explores and clarifies both parts of the puzzle.

Part I addresses the evolution of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (the GATT) from an ambiguous agreement among a handful of states to a full-blown international organisation, the WTO. The focus is on the interplay between rulemaking, adjudication, and diplomatic settlement of disputes, and on the lag of remedies well behind the creation of obligations. 

Part II addresses bilateral accords such as the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and in particular the search for dispute settlement mechanisms designed to subject administration of national laws to international scrutiny.

Part III addresses American legislation on the global stage, including the continuing tensions between the Congress, the President and the courts.

Part IV is devoted to economic sanctions. The essays address the U.S. response to the Arab Boycott of Israel; the imposition of martial law in Poland and the Pipeline Crisis and the efforts of the United States to prevent its trading partners from trading also with Cuba.

Altogether the 22 essays, written in Professor Lowenfeld’s graceful style, are not only informative and thought-provoking, but are a pleasure to read.  

ISBN 10: 1 874698 28 7

ISBN 13: 978 1 874698 28 9

•  Hardback • 410pp • 2000 • £85.00