Item description for The Law of International Trade in Agricultural Products: From GATT 1947 to the WTO Agreement on Agriculture by Melaku Geboye Desta...
As far back as Ricardo's principle of comparative advantage -- from which all trade liberalisation theory ultimately derives -- it has been customary to treat agriculture as the general exception to trade rules. To this day, nations protect their agricultural trade in a variety of ways: through the limited quantitative restrictions and export quotas permitted under prevailing trade rules, through country-specific derogation in the form of waivers, or even through blatant violations of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). In fact, despite the general dramatic decline in tariffs in recent decades, the level of effective protection against the flow of agricultural trade has been steadily rising, almost entirely at the behest of developed countries and to the detriment of developing countries. This new book analyses the current realities and future prospects for global trade in agricultural products. It seeks to explain the real or apparent rationale behind the virtual exemption of agricultural trade from the operation of the law governing international trade in general, focusing on the GATT/WTO system but examining a variety of nation-source policy reasons that generate this crucial counter-current to the general sweep of trade liberalisation. The issues and topics that arise in the course of the discussion include the following: + the "tariffication" of non-tariff barriers under the Agriculture Agreement; + export subsidies under the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures; + remedies available against prohibited subsidies; + relevant WTO cases, especially FSC and Canada Dairy, as well as earlier GATT jurisprudence; + "downstream flexibility" exceptions; + the concept of "domestic support"; + methods used to reduce Aggregate Measurement of Support (AMS); and, + relevant non-trade concerns, e.g., environment, poverty alleviation, food safety, and animal welfare. All professionals interested in the effective and equitable development of international trade, as well as officials involved in trade or agricultural regulation at any administrative level, will find both informed insight into present and future concerns and realistic assessment of a critical area of global policy in this remarkable book.
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Studio: Kluwer Law International
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.68" Width: 6.56" Height: 1.25" Weight: 2 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2002
ISBN 9041198652 ISBN13 9789041198655
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More About Melaku Geboye Desta
Melaku Geboye Desta has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Dundee.