Commentaries on World Trade Law Online

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General Editors: Peter-Tobias Stoll and Holger P. Hestermeyer

Commentaries on World Trade Law Online is a comprehensive, standard reference work on WTO Law. The Commentaries explain the provisions of the WTO Agreements article by article, setting out the interpretation of each article in the case law, in practice and in scholarly writing.

Building on the leading reference, Max Planck Commentaries on World Trade Law, this fully revised and updated second edition brings together the writings of  a team of more than 100 of the world’s leading scholars, practitioners and former members of the Appellate Body. The contents are extensively hyperlinked to source documents, cross-referenced and indexed.

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Author(s): Stoll, Peter-Tobias | Hestermeyer, Holger P.
This second edition has been based on the texts and a wealth of editorial experience gained from the first edition. We like to thank the many authors of the first edition and the section or volume editors: Katrin Arend, Jan Busche, Clemens Feinäugle, Karen Kaiser, Michael Koebele and Anja Seibert-Fohr as well as the co-general editor of the first edition, Rüdiger Wolfrum, who initiated the project in the first edition and encouraged us both to continue it for the second edition. This second edition has been made possible by a larger editing team at Göttingen, Canterbury and London. We are th…

Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade: Preamble

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Author(s): Sheargold, Elizabeth
ELIZABETH SHEARGOLD   AGREEMENT ON TECHNICAL BARRIERS TO TRADE Preamble TBT Members, Having regard to the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations; Desiring to further the objectives of GATT 1994; Recognizing the important contribution that international standards and conformity assessment systems can make in this regard by improving efficiency of production and facilitating the conduct of international trade; Desiring therefore to encourage the development of such international standards and conformity assessment systems; Desiring however to ensure that tec…

Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures: Preamble

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Author(s): Arcuri, Alessandra | Paulini, Sophia
ALESSANDRA ARCURI & SOPHIA PAULINI   AGREEMENT ON THE APPLICATION OF SANITARY AND PHYTOSANITARY MEASURES Preamble SPS Members, Reaffirming that no Member should be prevented from adopting or enforcing measures necessary to protect human, animal or plant life or health, subject to the requirement that these measures are not applied in a manner which would constitute a means of arbitrary or unjustifiable discrimination between Members where the same conditions prevail or a disguised restriction on international trade; Desiring to improve the human health, animal health and…