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This new textbook on world trade law offers a unique perspective on this important subject in a number of ways. It is the first book to combine the best aspects of both the casebook and legal analysis approaches, providing both detailed explanations and analysis of the law to help understand the issues as well as case extracts to offer a flavour of the judicial reasoning of trade adjudicators. Moreover, the book is truly global in outlook, being equally useful for students of international trade law in the UK, Europe, the US, Asia and elsewhere in the world. For instance, where domestic regulatory issues come into play, the book examines a variety of country practices, to illustrate how the rules apply around the world. The book is written with students in mind and provides an ideal learning tool to appeal to students across the globe. In this regard, the authors draw on their diverse experiences and geographic backgrounds - with one primary author based in the US and the other based in Hong Kong, with additional authors based in the US and UK.
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As the WTO takes on an increasingly important and visible role, we are fortunate to have World Trade Law as a resource. The book is executed with intelligence and the research and discussion are rich and detailed, and it will no doubt prove to be an invaluable tool for students and practitioners who have an interest in the WTO. Since it is written specifically for students, the book's straightforward style and manner of presentation would make it an excellent book for teaching purposes.Bashar Hikmet MalkawiWeb Journal of Current Legal Issues2009Because of its wide coverage, this book may not only be limited to students; it is equally relevant to professors, practitioners, researchers, government officials and politicians who need to comprehend the principles and practices of World Trade Law. The book is not only comprehensive in its coverage but it is also scholarly, informative, challenging and innovative. It should certainly belong on the shelf of anybody who is seriously interested in World Trade Law. Its real value, distinguishing it from similar texts, lies not only in its comprehensive coverage of the principles of WTO law and policy but also in the wide range of materials, including excerpts from a broad range of writers and commentators, and cases.Mosleh Ahmad At'tarawnehJournal of International Trade Law and PolicyVol 7, No 2, 2008Simon Lester and Bryan Mercurios new international trade law textbook is likely to find favor with instructors in many of the law faculties in the United States and Europe where a basic international trade law course is being taught on a regular basis...includes extensive and generally well thought out questions for students at the end of each chapter...The comparative approach evident in various chapters is welcome. Also, Simon Lesters extensive experience in preparing clear, concise summaries of WTO panel and Appellate Body reports is reflected throughout the book. Coverage of the subject matter appears more than adequate for an introductory course; it is well-organized and clearly written.David A. GantzInternational Trade Law and Regulation15 (1), 2009This paperback ... notably benefits from the author's diverse expertise based upon their academic writing, private practice and experience with the World Trade Organisation.The book is written clearly and logically.This is a textbook and casebook in one, which saves the reader from spending time looking up the relevant case-law as the most important excerpts of the jurisprudence are included in the volume.Written by both lecturers and practitioners, the volume is comprehensive and at the same time comprehensible due to the skills of the authors. This is undoubtedly an important new book in the available instructional literature and an indispensible addition for the bookshelf of a trade law student, but it will surely also be well received by the non-specialist and practitioners.Tatiana AnpilogovaThe Singapore Year Book of International LawVolume XII 2008A comprehensive and factual treatise covering all aspects of the law of the WTO.The book is structured in a logical and concise manner...the style... is clear and lucid.Lester and Mercurio's book is a welcome addition to the market of textbooks on world trade law.Markus KrajewskiEuropean Yearbook of International Economic Law, 2011About the Author:
Bryan Mercurio is Professor of Law at The Chinese University of Hong KongSimon Lester is President of WorldTradeLaw.net, LLCArwel Davies is a Senior Lecturer in law at Swansea UniversityKara Leitner is a trade lawyer and partner in WorldTradeLaw.net, LLC
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