Theory and Practice of EC External Trade Law and Policy
THEORY AND PRACTICE OF EC EXTERNAL TRADE LAW AND POLICY, Cameron May, 2008
17 Pages Posted: 30 May 2009 Last revised: 1 Jun 2009
Date Written: April 29, 2008
Both the European Community (EC) and its Member States agree that it is in their best interest to coordinate their action vis-a-vis the rest of the world in international trade agreements. This book, which deals with the institutional framework of EC trade law, and with special emphasis on services trade, examines the law and practice of EC external trade relations from a policy, economic, and legal angle, with a European Union (EU) constitutional dimension. The major point of analysis is to find ways to ensure the unitary character of EC external trade relations in areas of shared competence between EU Member States and EU institutions, as well as to understand the management of the EC's external trade relations. The book begins with an analysis of the evolution of the EC common commercial policy, through which the author examines the checks and balances at the micro, meso, and macro levels. The problem of the EU in its external relations and the legal complexity of mixed agreements are then analyzed. This unique legal phenomenon is tackled from an intra-EC perspective as well as from its external dimension, where its various implications for third parties are taken into account. The major EU institutions are examined: the Commission as the negotiator of international trade agreements, the EU Council and the European Parliament for the conclusion and ratification of agreements, and the European Court of Justice in relation to judicial enforcement. The EU's decision-making process in the trade arena and its relation with national institutions are analyzed. The book finally analyzes the specific case study of the EC in the Doha Round, with an emphasis on services trade.
Keywords: European Community, international trade agreements, services trade, Common Commercial Policy, mixed agreements, Doha Round, European Union
JEL Classification: F13, K33
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