MJIEL Vol 14 Issue 1 2017 - Book Review

Regulatory Autonomy and International Trade in Services:
The EU under GATS and RTAs, by Bregt Naten, Edward Elgar, 2016, ISBN: 9781785364310
Reviewed by Clair Gammage
 
Regulatory Autonomy and International Trade In Services: The EU Under GATS and RTAs presents a critical analysis of the competing principles of regulatory autonomy and trade liberalisation for trade in services through a rich and detailed account of the obligations and commitments that may affect regulatory autonomy at the multilateral and preferential levels. Moving away from a general approach to assessing regulatory autonomy, which Natens claims ‘distorts the truth’, the aims of this book are twofold (p. 12). First, the legal regulation of services at the multilateral level through the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and through the commitments set out in the services chapters of regional trade agreements (RTAs) is presented to reveal the inherently complex nature of regulating trade in services.

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