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The Definition of Subsidy and State Aid: WTO and EC Law in Comparative Perspective

Luca Rubini


This book presents a conceptual framework for analysing the definitions of State aid and subsidy in EC and WTO law. This is done through a comparative analysis, examining the coherence of the conceptual understanding of the crucial, but still elusive, issue of the definition of subsidy. The first, important finding is that the topic is not only technical but raises more fundamental questions about the objectives of subsidy control in a given legal system and, more radically, about the goals of that system itself. The analysis does not only concentrate on the state of the law but critically loo ... More

Keywords: state aid, subsidy, EC, WTO, legal system, law reform, public action, economic advantage, competitive process, regulatory system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199533398
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533398.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luca Rubini, author
Lecturer in Law, and Deputy-director of the Institute of European Law, University of Birmingham