by B L Das
14 x 21.5 cm
This detailed and intelligible guide to the intricacies of the WTO agreements, which are rewriting wholesale the rules of economic intercourse between countries, is for those negotiators, trade policy officials, executives in industry and students of international economic relations and commercial diplomacy who need to understand the new multilateral framework for world trade.
Its author, the former Director of International Trade Programmes at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), was intimately involved in advising governemnts during the arduous process of putting the WTO together. He has written this explanation of the provisions as they now stand in non-technical language while taking care not to detract from their legal accuracy. He explains technical terms, gives examples and actual cases where appropriate, and links widely scattered provisions in the agreements where they are connected in their operation. Every effort has been made to make this seminal guide useful both to those not yet acquainted with the subject as well as to those still needing some clarification of certain concepts, ideas and even general provisions. The intention is to foster a more thorough understanding of the WTO agreements, helping countries to know their rights and obligations, and industry and trade bodies the parameters within which they can now operate.
As the process of implementation on the one hand, and renegotiation of certain agreements on the other hand, proceed, many of those involved will have reason to be grateful to B L Das for this invaluable guide.
Bhagirath Lal Das is an expert on international trade, formerly Director of International Trade Programmes in UNCTAD, and also former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the GATT.