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The effect of the WTO Agreements within the legal order of the EU has been the object of a fierce controversy in the case law of the CFI and of the ECJ ever since the conception of the WTO. The case law of these Courts clearly indicates that practitioners seem to have explored practically all the boundaries of this extremely fascinating subject.
Direct Effect of WTO Law is a collection of essays written by a prominent practitioner of EU law and international trade law which chronicles the evolution in the case law of the European Courts in Luxembourg on the enforceability of GATT and WTO law in the EU legal order.
The author was not only actively involved in some of the most prominent cases but was also one of the first scholars to focus on more controversial subjects and questions such as the status of decisions taken by the WTO dispute settlement bodies and the question whether the EU institutions could be held liable under EU law for not acting in conformity with WTO law.
The book also contains some essays on the opportunities given to EU companies to enforce WTO law through the application of the so-called Trade Barriers Regulation and gives an almost complete picture of how WTO law can be enforced in the EU legal order.