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Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO Legal System$
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Lorand Bartels and Federico Ortino

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206995

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206995.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO Legal System

Lorand Bartels

Federico Ortino

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the legal aspects of regional trade agreements (RTA) and the role of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in RTA. This book examines the political, economic, and constitutional functions of RTA and WTO, service liberation, and compliance of free trade agreements with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). It also explores dispute settlement in RTA and the interfaces between RTA and the WTO.

Keywords:   regional trade agreements, WTO, service liberation, free trade agreements, GATT, dispute settlement

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