Review of 'Free Movement of Goods and Limits of Regulatory Autonomy in the EU and WTO'
European Law Journal, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 508-510, 2010
10 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2010
Date Written: July 1, 2010
This book is a comparative study of the rules of the European Union (EU) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the free movement of goods. The book is well structured. Chapter 1 serves as the introduction to the subject and explains the main concepts used throughout the book. Chapter 2, which deals with non-pecuniary restrictions on the free movement of goods in the EU, presents a thorough analysis of Article 28 EC as well as the interfaces between free movement and fundamental rights — with a legal analysis of relevant case law. Chapter 3 analyzes the important concepts of conferred competences, subsidiarity, and proportionality. Chapter 4 deals with the non-fiscal restrictions on the free movement of goods in the WTO. It analyzes the main rules of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in this respect and the interaction among them. Chapter 4 also analyzes other WTO Agreements such as the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade and the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures in the context of non-fiscal restrictions on the free movement of goods. The book concludes in chapter 5 with two key questions: 1) how should EU and WTO rules on the free movement of goods be interpreted? and 2) what are the effects of EU decision-making within the WTO? Both questions are already presented in the introductory chapter.
Keywords: EU, WTO, free movement of goods
JEL Classification: K33
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