World Trade Law Literature Review

37 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2015

Date Written: January 4, 2015


This article provides an overview of the most relevant interdisciplinary and international literature engaging with the study of world trade law. The first section offers a brief review of the literature, locating international economic law in an increasingly globalized world and answering the question of where trade law belongs in this larger sphere. The second section examines literature pertaining to the sources and functions of world trade law. The third section continues this discussion of institutional development, reviewing key literature on governance issues at the WTO, examining the legal issues of antidumping and the enforcement of intellectual property rights alongside the political issue of integrating developing countries into the multilateral trade governance system. Finally, the article will review some of the most important literature that examines social priorities in the context of trade law. The article concludes with a brief discussion of the future of world trade law with respect to trade liberalization, dispute settlement and the place of trade regulation in the larger context of international law.

Keywords: trade, law, World Trade Organization, liberalization, dispute settlement

JEL Classification: F02

Suggested Citation

Froese, Marc D., World Trade Law Literature Review (January 4, 2015). Available at SSRN: or

Marc D. Froese (Contact Author)

Burman University ( email )

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Lacombe, Alberta T4L 2E5

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