Developing countries, dispute resolution, international law, free trade areas, sovereignty, tariff preferences, World Trade Organisation, human rights, environmental protection
Reviews “Redefining Sovereignty in International Economic Law”, 2008, edited by W. Shan, P. Simons and D. Singh, and “WTO Law and Developing Countries”, 2007, edited by G.A. Bermann and P.C. Mavroidis. Discusses both books’ analysis of the competing approaches to sovereignty in international trade, highlighting key features of the Westphalian and post-Westphalian viewpoints. Considers, with reference to free trade areas, the generalised system of preferences and dispute resolution, whether common ground exists in respect of sovereignty within the World Trade Organisation. The paper also asks the question whether trade measures such as import bans or higher tariffs be used on the basis that another country is harming the environment or perpetrating human rights abuses?
(2009) 22(2) Leiden Journal of International Law, 395-409.