International trade law

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Designed as an introductory textbook, International Trade Law provides an overview of the international legal regime which regulates international business transactions in trade and trade-related finance. It critically analyses strengths and weaknesses of the current World Trade Organisation regime from Australian and South Asian perspectives, while providing useful historical material on its genesis. As such, the book is an ideal foundational text for survey courses in law schools, students of economics, finance and international business, and law firms seeking an overview text on international trade from a regional viewpoint.
Broad in scope and scale, International Trade Law by M Rafiqul Islam, is unique in providing Australian, Third World and Asian perspectives on the development and practice of international trade and financial laws, which are normally dominated by textbooks taking North American and European positions. This North-South dynamic assumes paramount significance in international trade and financial diplomacy. Economic issues of comparative advantage and disadvantage are addressed throughout the text.
This book is the product of the author's teaching and research experience in international trade and finance law over the past 20 years. It introduces principles, ideals, goals and norms of the current system, and highlights and analyses their salient features. The World Trade Organisation legal framework is critically appraised to test its operation, adequacy and effectiveness in fostering global free trade and its benefits. Most sections of the book contain an Australian perspective, explaining Australia's position, role and interest, as a middle-sized international trading nation in the North-South debate.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherLBC Information Services
Number of pages546
ISBN (Print)0455216738, 9780455216737
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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