Category: Library Event(s)

Elgar encyclopedia of international economic law

Author Thomas Cottier, Professor Emeritus, World Trade Institute

4 October 2018

The definitive reference work on international economic law. This comprehensive resource helps redefine the field by presenting international economic law in its broadest, real-world context.

Organized thematically, the subject is split into four principal sections: the foundations and architecture of international economic law, its principles, its main regulatory areas, and the future challenges that it faces. Comprising over 250 entries written by leading scholars and practitioners, traditional international economic law subject matter is supplemented by coverage of newly developing areas. Thus, the concepts and rules of trade, investment, finance and international tax law are found alongside entries discussing the relationship of international economic law with environmental protection, social standards, development, and human rights.

This Encyclopedia is an invaluable resource for both practitioners and academics. It acts as a handy reference to all areas of international economic law, and provides the ideal starting point for any research journey.

Coauthor Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer, Co-Head of Legal Services, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law; Senior Fellow, World Trade Institute
Moderator Andrea Mastromatteo, Counsellor of the Rules Division of the WTO Secretariat
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The willing world: Shaping and sharing a sustainable global prosperity

Author James Bacchus, Adjunct Scholar, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute

3 October 2018 13:00-14:00

In this time of unwillingness, the right kinds of global solutions are needed now more than ever. Climate change is here and intensifying. Anxieties over economic globalization grip many in the fear of change. While these fearful have turned inward into unwillingness, the world’s willing are working harder than ever for international and other cooperative solutions. James Bacchus explains why most of the solutions we need must be found in local and regional partnerships of the willing that can be scaled up and linked up worldwide. This can only be achieved within new and enhanced enabling frameworks of global and other international rules that are upheld through the international rule of law. To succeed, these rules and frameworks must for the first time see and treat economy and environment as one. The Willing World explains how best we can build the right legal structure to attain our global goals – and summon and inspire the willingness needed to do it.

Moderator Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
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No small hope: Towards the universal provision of basic goods

Author Kenneth A. Reinert, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

2 October 2018 13:00-14:00

No Small Hope argues in favor of an approach to global policy priorities that emphasizes the attempt to put a minimal set of basic goods and services into the hands of everyone. This universal provision of basic goods and services includes nutritious food, clean water, sanitation, health services, education services, housing, electricity, and human security services. These basic goods and services meet central and objective human needs. The basic goods approach bridges the standard growth perspective on development and the capabilities/human development perspective. It emphasizes that the expanded provision of basic goods and services is usually pro-growth and that basic goods provision is a prerequisite for the hoped-for expansion of human capabilities. The book explores each of the identified basic goods and services, their place in human rights considerations, and the many challenges to be overcome in their universal provision.

Moderator Cédric Dupont, The Graduate Institute, Geneva
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WTO Library unveils its restored chandeliers

On 2017-10-26 the Library hosted an exhibition organized by the Czech Permanent Mission in Geneva and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, as part of the project of renovation of the four Art Deco chandeliers by Jaroslav Horejc and Pavel Janák, renowned Czech artist and architect of the 20th century.

These works of art were donated around 1925 by Czechoslovakia to the International Labour Organization, the owner of the building at that time. Thanks to financial support by the Government of the Czech Republic and the Loterie Romande, and the perfect mastering of production by Czech glassmakers, they could now once again be completed and returned to the WTO library in their full beauty as almost 100 years ago.

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Assessing the World Trade Organization: Fit for Purpose?

Authors: Manfred Elsig, Bernard Hoekman, Joost Pauwelyn.

PUBLIC FORUM 2017 — Session 88 : Meet the Author with the WTO Bookshop & Library

The World Trade Organization (WTO) recently celebrated twenty years of existence. The general wisdom is that its dispute settlement institutions work well and its negotiation machinery goes through a phase of prolonged crises. Assessing the World Trade Organization overcomes this myopic view and takes stock of the WTO’s achievements whilst going beyond existing disciplinary narratives. It also considers important issues such as the origins of the multilateral system, the accession process and the WTO’s interaction with other international organisations. The contributions shed new light on untold stories, critically review and present existing scholarship, and sketch new research avenues for a future generation of trade scholars. This book will appeal to a wide audience that aims to better understand the drivers and obstacles of WTO performance.

Multilevel Constitutionalism for Multilevel Governance of Public Goods. Methodology Problems in International Law

Author: Ernst Ulrich Petersmann

PUBLIC FORUM 2017 — Session 47 : Meet the Author with the WTO Bookshop & Library

This is the first legal monograph analysing multilevel governance of global ‘aggregate public goods’ (PGs) from the perspective of democractic, republican and cosmopolitan constitutionalism by using historical, legal, political and economic methods. It explains the need for a ‘new philosophy of international law’ in order to protect human rights and PGs more effectively and more legitimately. ‘Constitutional approaches’ are justified by the universal recognition of human rights and by the need to protect ‘human rights’, ‘rule of law’, ‘democracy’ and other ‘principles of justice’ that are used in national, regional and UN legal systems as indeterminate legal concepts. The study describes and criticizes the legal methodology problems of ‘disconnected’ governance in UN, GATT and WTO institutions as well as in certain areas of the external relations of the EU (like transatlantic free trade agreements). Based on 40 years of practical experiences of the author in German, European, UN, GATT and WTO governance institutions and of simultaneous academic teaching, this study develops five propositions for constituting, limiting, regulating and justifying multilevel governance for the benefit of citizens and their constitutional rights as ‘constituent powers’, ‘democratic principals’ and main ‘republican actors’, who must hold multilevel governance institutions and their limited ‘constituted powers’ legally, democratically and judicially more accountable.