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China and the World Trade Organization: A Long March towards the Rule of Law

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ISBN13: 9789041131447
Published: October 2009
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £110.00



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Joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) enables China to reform its legal order and to move towards a system incorporating major principles of the rule of law. The WTO also serves as an external impetus that guides contemporary Chinese legal reform and orients it in ways that domestic forces alone could not achieve and sustain.

Much discussion on the WTO and the Chinese legal system has focused on the issue of compliance ― whether the Chinese legal system has the capacity to fulfill China’s WTO accession commitments. The focus of this work is less concerned with compliance issues per se, but rather with the extent to which the WTO’s requirements vis-à-vis China actually affect the Chinese legal system. The fine difference between the two lies in the fact that efforts by the Chinese government to meet its WTO obligations necessarily impact the Chinese legal order and its way of functioning, even if their end results may or may not lead to full compliance with what is required of it by the WTO.

This timely work exposes many behind-the-scene dealings and relies on valuable information that is not publicly available. Not only does it preserve for the historical record important details of the Chinese WTO accession, it also sheds light on the travaux préparatoires of China’s accession agreement and the negotiation history of important issues, some of which remain relevant and highly contentious today.

As expressed by WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy in his foreword to the book, ‘Through this work, Esther Lam succeeds in demonstrating how WTO membership can benefit both the acceding country and the wider WTO family of nations.’

Series: Global Trade Law Series

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£112.00
Brazil in the World Trade Organization: Contingent Protection Measures ISBN 9789041133359
Published December 2012
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Deference to the Legislature in WTO Challenges to Legislation ISBN 9789041131454
Published December 2009
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The Law of Globalization ISBN 9789041128287
Published November 2009
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£110.00
Retaliation in the WTO Dispute Settlement System ISBN 9789041128119
Published March 2009
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£110.00
EU Dumping Determinations and WTO Law ISBN 9789041128270
Published February 2009
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£102.00
Anti-dumping Law and Practice of China ISBN 9789041127907
Published November 2008
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£126.00
Legalization of Development in the WTO: Between Law and Politics ISBN 9789041127952
Published November 2008
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£117.00
£126.00
Economic Development Through World Trade: Developing World Perspective ISBN 9789041126818
Published January 2008
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£108.00