This comprehensive book provides a thorough analytical overview of the European Union's existing law and policy in the field of international trade. Considering the history and context of the law's evolution, it offers an adept examination of its common commercial policy competence through the years, starting with the Treaty of Rome up until the Treaty of Lisbon, as a background for understanding the EU's present role in the World Trade Organization (WTO) framework.
Accessible and thought-provoking, chapters offer a legal analysis of EU trade policy after the Treaty of Rome, after the conclusion of the WTO Agreement, at the Treaty of Amsterdam, at the Treaty of Nice, and at the Treaty of Lisbon, taking into account the most recent constitutional developments by the Lisbon Treaty on division of competences between the EU and its Member States. Additional thought is given to the role of major EU institutions and their balance within EU trade law and policy, and the tension between efficiency and accountability in decision-making processes in EU trade policy is further considered.
Students and scholars working in the field of European and international trade law and policy, and international economic law and policy more generally, will find this a clear and useful resource. Practitioners seeking a clear and up-to-date insight into the area will also appreciate this important work.
'This is an excellent contribution on an important area of EU law that comes at a particularly opportune time. It provides a clear, comprehensive and well-researched analysis of EU trade policy including the EU's relations with the WTO. It combines theoretical analysis with a clear exposition of the law and will be of great use both to EU and trade lawyers.'
– Takis Tridimas, King's College London, UK
Rafael Leal-Arcas, Jean Monnet Chaired Professor of EU International Economic Law, Professor of European and International Economic Law and Director of Research, Queen Mary University of London, UK.