TRADE LAW EXPERIENCED: Pottering About in the GATT and WTO

Jacques Bourgeois

This is a selection of articles published in English by Jacques H.J. Bourgeois, who as former official of the European Commission and now as a practicing lawyer dealt with GATT and WTO and EU trade policy matters and who also managed to lecture and teach on these matters.

In his capacity as official he advised and assisted the European Commission on GATT and EC trade policy matters.  Subsequently, as a private practitioner he advised and assisted governments of other WTO Members, businesses and occasionally the European Commission on WTO matters.  He chaired a GATT and a WTO dispute settlement panel.

Mr. Bourgeois now is a partner of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Brussels dealing with international trade and EC competition law.  He is teaching EC trade law at the College of Europe (Bruges) and lectures on non-discrimination in international economic law at the World Trade Institute (Bern).  He is also  visiting professor at he University of Gent Law School and at University of Sankt-Gallen EMBL Program.

Mr. Bourgeois holds a Iuris Doctor degree from the University of Gent and studied economics at the University of Louvain and comparative law at the University of  Michigan Law School.  He was a Jean Monnet professor at the University of Bonn Law School.  He has written extensively and lectured in many countries on EC trade law, the GATT/WTO and WTO dispute settlement. 

He selected articles cover various topics related to WTO law, ranging from some principles of WTO law, the WTO dispute settlement system as seen from the Bar, how it operated in one particular area, the use of a “waiver” in the area of TRIPs and health, to whether direct taxation is covered by the WTO, and to connected EC trade policy aspects, such as powers, the effect of WTO law in the EC legal system, the EC’s first regulation on “illicit trade practices”, the relationship between EC trade policy and other policies and to the cost and benefits of EC trade measures.

ISBN 10: 1 905017 03 0

ISBN 13: 978 1 905017 03 4

• Hardback  • 445pp • 2005 • £125.00