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World Trade Law
Text, Materials and Commentary
Second Edition
Simon Lester, Bryan Mercurio and Arwel Davies    

This newly updated version of one of the leading textbooks on world trade law offers what is in a number of ways a unique perspective on this important subject. Combining the best aspects of both casebook and treatise, this comprehensive textbook provides 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. This updated edition includes in-depth discussions of the most recent developments in international trade jurisprudence, setting out important precedents that help establish the boundaries between global trade rules and domestic national autonomy. The implications of these rulings will be of great interest to traders, investors, government negotiators and even critics of globalisation.

"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 Malkawi
Web Journal of Current Legal Issues, 2009

"Because 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'tarawneh
Journal of International Trade Law and Policy Vol 7, No 2, 2008

"Simon Lester and Bryan Mercurio's 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 Lester's 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. Gantz
International Trade Law and Regulation, 5 (1), 2009

"This 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 structured. 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 Anpilogova
The Singapore Year Book of International Law Volume XII 2008

"A 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 Krajewski
European Yearbook of International Economic Law, 2011

Simon Lester is President of WorldTradeLaw.net LLC and Trade Policy Analyst, Cato Institute.
Bryan Mercurio is Professor of Law and Associate Dean (Research) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Arwel Davies is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Swansea University.

October 2012
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