Book Review: Trade, Inequality, and Justice: Toward a Liberal Theory of Just Trade

15 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2005

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Joost Pauwelyn

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID); Georgetown University Law Centre

Abstract

Frank Garcia's innovative book Trade, Inequality, and Justice proposes a theory of justice for the traditionally hard-nosed, bargain-based system of international trade. The book focuses on special and differential treatment for developing countries as a form of redistributive justice derived from a moral obligation on rich countries to ensure not only free, but just, trade. This review questions some of the basic premises of Garcia's theory within the scheme he himself selected (namely, John Rawls' Theory of Justice). It suggests that equal free trade may offer more to developing countries than special and differential trade (hence the title of the review Just Trade) and hints at an alternative based not on state-to-state relations and bargaining, but on fundamental human rights.

Keywords: book review, just trade, inequality, justice

Suggested Citation

Pauwelyn, Joost, Book Review: Trade, Inequality, and Justice: Toward a Liberal Theory of Just Trade. George Washington International Law Review, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2005, Duke Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 70, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=772007

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