An Introduction to WTO Jurisprudence
An Introduction to WTO Jurisprudence
By Sheela Rai
Thomson Reuters, Legal, 2022
ISBN: 9789391340209, pp. 483
Reviewed by Utkarsh K. Mishra and Abhishek Negi
... The work of an intellectual is not to mould the political will of others; it is, through the analyses that he does in his own field, to re-examine evidence and assumptions, to shake up habitual ways of working and thinking, to dissipate conventional familiarities, to re-evaluate rules and institutions and to participate in the formation of a political will (where he has his role as citizen to play) ...
These lines from the work of Michel Foucault in ‘The Concern for Truth’1 aptly describe the book authored by Prof. Sheela Rai. In this work, Rai retells the story of the development and concretization of WTO law in her own way, which is essentially breaking the barriers of conventional familiarities in this area. Rai’s work is indeed an invaluable addition to the existing literature on studies in WTO law and cross-cutting issues. Her work is from a teacher’s perspective and the flow of thought in the book is in line with the fashion in which the subject should be logically taught in the classroom, while at the same time including the latest developments in the domain. The brevity and clarity in Sheela Rai’s work vindicates its description as an ‘introduction’ and the book stands not only as a primer but also as an effective reference for students and teachers.

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