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Legal Guide To GATS by Nellie Munin

Legal Guide To GATS

By Nellie Munin


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According to the WTO, over a fifth of world trade consists of transactions in services. The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) was created to extend the multilateral trading system to services, in the same way the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) provides such a system for trade in goods. Given its reach, the treaty’s significance continues to grow.

This academically rigorous yet highly accessible book guides the reader through an ocean of literature and interpretative possibilities embodied in GATS. In doing so, it provides a road map of the various interpretative possibilities and dilemmas posed by the treaty. The work advances a legal analysis of GATS, based on its historical and institutional roots, while at the same time taking into account its objectives and prospects, as well as the balance of interests involved.

In total, this timely book presents a thorough legal analysis of GATS that will serve as a comprehensive yet highly useful guide to the agreement.

Last Updated 10/28/2010
Update Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041128249
SKU 10059327-0001
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part 1 The General Agreement on Trade in Services: History, Structure and Basic Principles. Chapter 1 The General Agreement on Trade in Services. Chapter 2 The Framework of GATS. Chapter 3 GATS Interpretation. Part 2 GATS in Details. Chapter 4 GATS Scope of Application. Chapter 5 GATS Rules of Origin. Chapter 6 The Most Favoured Nation Principle. Chapter 7 Schedules of Specific Commitments. Chapter 8 National Treatment. Chapter 9 Market Access. Chapter 10 Economic Integration Agreements. Chapter 11 GATS and Competition Rules. Chapter 12 Administrative Standards and Recognition of Professional Qualifications. Chapter 13 Transparency. Chapter 14 GATS and the Developing Countries. Chapter 15 The Safety Valves of GATS. Chapter 16 GATS Sector-Specific Instruments. Chapter 17 The Legal Instruments for GATS Enforcement. Concluding Remarks. Bibliography.