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Rethinking, Repackaging, and Rescuing World Trade Law in the Post-Pandemic Era

Editor(s): Amrita Bahri, Weihuan Zhou, Daria Boklan
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Published: 26-08-2021
Format: EPUB eBook (?)
Edition: 1st
Extent: 352
ISBN: 9781509951703
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Studies in International Trade and Investment Law
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About Rethinking, Repackaging, and Rescuing World Trade Law in the Post-Pandemic Era

This book explores the ways to 'rethink', 'repackage' and 'rescue' world trade law in the post-COVID-19 era. Using the COVID-19 pandemic as an important context, the book makes original and critical contributions to the growing debate over a range of emerging challenges and systemic issues that might change the landscape of world trade law in the years to come. The book asks: do these unprecedented times and challenges call for reengineering the world trading system and a further retreat from trade liberalisation?

The authors offer a rigorous and insightful analysis of whether and how the existing trade institutions and/or rules, including their latest developments, may provide room to deal with pandemic-induced trade-related issues, sustainable development goals, future crises and other existential threats to the multilateral trading system.

The book reinforces the importance of international cooperation and the pressing need to reinvigorate the world trading system. The pandemic has provided a unique opportunity for governments to rebuild the political will needed for such cooperation. One should never let a serious crisis go to waste.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction: Rethinking, Repackaging and Rescuing World Trade Law in the Post-Pandemic Era
Weihuan Zhou (UNSW, Australia), Amrita Bahri (ITAM, Mexico) and Daria Boklan (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia)

Part I - Rethinking World Trade Law and the Pandemic
2. An Overview of Trade-Related Measures Taken by WTO Members during the COVID-19 Pandemic and a Few Reflections Thereon
Jan Bohanes (Advisory Centre on WTO Law, Switzerland)

3. Export Restrictions on Food Commodities during the COVID-19 Crisis: Implications for Food Security and the Role of the WTO
Ilaria Espa (University of Lugano, Switzerland)

4. Time to Reform the Non-Actionable Subsidy Rules in the WTO: The COVID-19 Subsidies and Beyond
Ru Ding (Chinese University of Political Science and Law, China)

5. Re-Thinking WTO DSB Jurisdiction in Light of the Pandemic, Climate Change and Other Evolving Threats
Alexandra Harrington (Albany Law School, USA)

6. The WTO and Brazil's Trade Responses amid the Pandemic: Can Transparency Overcome Populism?
Michelle Ratton Sanchez Badin (Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil) and Magali Fernandes (Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil)

Part II - Repackaging World Trade Law and Sustainable Development
7. Trade and UN SDGs 2030: The Interplay between Public International Law and Contract Law
Lorenza Mola (University of Turin, Italy) and Cristina Poncibò (University of Turin, Italy)

8. Combating Climate Change under the WTO: Exploring the Relevance of Process and Production Methods
Daria Boklan (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia)

9. The EU Green Deal and International Trade Law: Bringing Trade and Sustainability Together
Luana Almeida (CLOO Behavioral Insights Unit, Portugal)

10. Gender Mainstreaming in Free Trade Agreements: What Have We Achieved, and What More Is Needed for Inclusive Post-Pandemic Recovery?
Amrita Bahri (ITAM, Mexico)

Part III - Rescuing World Trade Law and Other Fundamental Challenges
11. The Current State of Dispute Settlement at the WTO: How Did We Get Here and What Next?
Jan Yves Remy (Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services, Barbados)

12. Precedent in the MPIA: What Role for Consistency and Predictability?
Mariana Clara de Andrade (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)

13. Is the Phase One Deal the Emergence of a 'New Generation' of Bilateral Trade Agreements that Challenge the WTO?
Maria Manuela Moccero (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Argentina)

14. China's Response to the 'Market-Oriented Conditions' Proposal for WTO Reform and its Implications in the Era of (Post-) COVID-19
Luyao Che (Chinese University of Political Science and Law, China)

15. Winning Strategy or Own Goal? Reflections on the United States Exiting the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Meredith Kolsky Lewis (University at Buffalo, USA)


“This book reinforces the importance of the multilateral trading system and provides thought-provoking reflections on the future regulation of international trade given many of the contemporary issues we are grappling with such as the recovery from the pandemic and the need to better reflect sustainability concerns in our trade discourse. A very timely intervention, and a must read.” –  Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, International Trade Centre, Switzerland

“At a time when the World Trade Organization is much in need of new ideas for reform and modernization, the authors of this book offer ideas aplenty ... This collection of essays by leading scholars from throughout the world will be of immense benefit to trade negotiators and to other trade policymakers as they strive to write new and improved rules for world trade while also ensuring that trade affirmatively supports health, environment, and the other Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.” –  James Bacchus, Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs, University of Central Florida, USA

“The WTO is at a crossroads. After years of embattlement, there is an opportunity to update its framework, reinstitute the dispute settlement mechanism and improve the way in which the organization works. Creative and innovative ideas are needed to move forward. This book explores just that ... For all those interested in enhancing global trade cooperation and strengthening the multilateral rules-based system, this is a not-to-be-missed book.” –  Anabel González, Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization; Former Trade Minister, Costa Rica

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