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Sovereignty, the WTO, and Changing Fundamentals of International Law
Sovereignty, the WTO, and Changing Fundamentals of International Law
By John H. Jackson
Cambridge University Press, 2006, 388 pp
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Jackson, a leading expert on trade law and the legal aspects of the World Trade Organization, offers his thoughts on the history, internal tensions, and future prospects of the WTO. For the layperson, he also provides an excellent overview of the current state of debate on international law as well as a detailed exposition of the legal evolution of the WTO over its first decade and where the WTO broke new ground compared with its predecessor. His approach is pragmatic, empirical, and nondogmatic, seeking what has worked and what is likely to work in the future. He is also thoroughly committed to the need for international organizations such as the WTO in a world of high and growing economic interdependence -- and distressed by the fact that the WTO is given far too few resources, financial and human, to carry out its mandate effectively. This excellent overview of the legal aspects of international trade should become a standard reference.