MJIEL Vol 9 Issue 2 2012 - Book Review

Book Review

World Trade Law After Neoliberalism: Re-Imagining the Global Economic Order

Andrew Lang

This book is an imaginative and thorough tour de force from one of the brightest young academics in the discipline of international economic law. World Trade Law After Neoliberalism sets and fulfils an ambitious agenda. It explores in captivating detail the growth of civil society movements in the late 20th Century and their relationship to the free market orthodoxy of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and its later iterations in the varied agreements of the World Trade Organization (WTO). With meticulous research and vibrant, confident prose, Lang outlines how economic principles, chief among them the concept of market distortion, found their way into WTO agreements, the reasoning of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body, and into the academic discourse from a growing community of international trade lawyers and scholars.

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