Trade and Investment Rule-making: the Role of Regional and Bilateral Agreements

Trade and Investment Rule-making: the Role of Regional and Bilateral Agreements, ed. Stephen Woolcock (Tokyo: UNU Press, 2006).

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  • Editor Stephen Woolcock
    Title Trade and Investment Rule-making: the Role of Regional and Bilateral Agreements
    Publication Date 2006
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher UNU Press
    Pages xvii,265
    Language eng
    Abstract

    Regional trade agreements are playing a greater role in shaping trade and investment rules around the world. To date the study of preferential agreements has focused on their impact on tariff preferences, but as tariffs are reduced rule-making becomes more important in trade and investment. This book addresses the role of regional and bilateral agreements in rule-making; provides an analytical framework for assessing the impact of regional and other preferential agreements on rule-making; and illustrates the role of regional agreements in a multi-level process of rule-making. Seven detailed case studies show that regional agreements can make a positive contribution to the evolution of predictable trade and investment rules, but much depends on the kind of rules they promote. To date regional rule-making has gone hand-in-hand with the evolution of multilateral rules, but recent developments give some pause for thought. It is important to understand more fully the interaction between the regional and other levels of rule-making, if the positive aspects are to be furthered and negative aspects contained.

    Copyright Holder UNU Press
    Copyright Year 2006
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISBN 9789280811322
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