Russia and Regional Trade Integration in a Historical Perspective: A Response to William E. Butler
14 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2014 Last revised: 24 Mar 2015
Date Written: February 25, 2014
This essay responds to Professor William E. Butler’s lecture titled 'Russia and the WTO System: Law, Regionalism, Politics' delivered at the University of Memphis, School of Law on September 27, 2013. The essay makes several observations, each of which is meant to be a tentative sketch of arguments and suggestions for further research. The first is a "macro"-level exercise in historicizing patterns of regionalism in the post-Soviet space. The second is an observation about a shift away from traditional models of positivist international law in the study of regional trade integration towards new hybrid models of interdisciplinarity.
Keywords: Russia, Eurasian Customs Union, EurAsEC, Ukraine, regionalism, multilateralism, WTO, RTA, FTA, fragmentation, regionalization, Eurasia, Eurasian Union, regional trade integration
JEL Classification: B00, F00, K00, N00, P00, Y00
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