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Professor outlines improvements to international trade: Create jobs and sustain development

World Scientific


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Law Professor Steve Charnovitz from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. has published his latest book The Path of World Trade in the 21st Century with scientific publisher World Scientific.

In this book, Professor Charnovitz examines the operations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and makes recommendations for how the international trading system can be improved to achieve the millennium goals of job creation, sustainable development, and social justice.

This book is the newest addition to the highly popular scholarly series, "World Scientific Studies in International Economics." Led by Series Editor Robert M. Stern, a Visiting Professor at University of California at Berkeley and Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, the book series now features over 40 studies by leading professors and practitioners from around the world.

Professor Charnovitz lays out the path of world trade through 18 essays divided into eight sections that address many of the cutting-edge challenges in trade law and policy.

The eight sections include: (1) A Theory of the WTO, (2) The WTO as an Economic Constitution, (3) Assessing the WTO's Enforcement Mechanism, (4) The WTO and Discrimination, (5) The WTO and Individual Rights, (6) The WTO and Sustainability, (7) The WTO and Labor Markets, and (8) The Future of Global Economic Governance. Most of the 18 essays were written and published over the past decade and they have been carefully edited and in one instance expanded for this collection.

This 796-page book begins with the author's introduction to each of the essays and also includes an autobiographical note by Professor Charnovitz describing his own intellectual path.

The Foreword to the volume is penned by James Bacchus, who served as a Member of the original WTO Appellate Body and now serves as Chair of the Global Practice at Greenberg Trauig LLP and chair of the Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability of the World Economic Forum.

According to former U.S. Congressman Bacchus, "Steve Charnovitz is one of only a handful in the world who writes on WTO law with a real depth of practical and legal understanding about the WTO and, especially, WTO dispute settlement. As a result, he sees the future in trade before it happens. He predicts the agenda of future trade negotiations (and thereby helps shape that agenda)."

In addition, Mr. Bacchus observes that Charnovitz "places the shared enterprise of the WTO, and of the making and upholding of WTO law, into historical and philosophical context. He sees the WTO experiment and experience correctly as part of the ongoing Enlightenment project for human progress."


More information on the book can be found at

The Path of World Trade in the 21st Century will be made available at leading bookstores at the following prices:

  • ISBN: 978-981-4513-24-1 (hardcover) at US$158 / £104

  • ISBN: 978-981-4513-26-5 (ebook) at US$119 / £79

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