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An Assessment of the EU’s Cooperation Efforts
While forces of globalization have created a genuine global marketplace, global rules safeguarding the competitive process in this marketplace have not emerged. International cooperation among national regulators and enforcers is therefore needed to create a competitive global business-environment. The Future of International Competition Law Enforcement, using the variety of legal instruments available to the EU as a point of departure, undertakes an original assessment of the EU's cooperation agreements in the field of competition law The work’s focus is on the bilateral sphere, often labelled as a mere 'interim-solution' awaiting a global agreement; further attention is given to competition provisions in free trade agreements as well as the main multilateral initiatives in this field, in order to determine their relative value.

A New Legal Instrument for EU Integration Without Membership
In The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, Guillaume Van der Loo provides the first comprehensive legal analysis of this complex and controversial international agreement. While key political and legal hurdles towards the signing and conclusion of this agreement are analysed, its scope and contents are scrutinised and contrasted to other international agreements concluded by the EU. Specific attention is devoted to the ambitious “deep and comprehensive free trade area” and the unique provisions related to Ukraine’s approximation to the EU acquis. In particular, this book explores to what extent the agreement can be considered a new legal instrument for ‘EU integration without membership’.
Japan and the Balance of National Interests
This book by Maaike Okano-Heijmans makes an important contribution to the concept of economic diplomacy.

A conceptual-study mode of economic diplomacy is combined with applied analysis of Japan’s economic diplomacy practice. The two approaches reinforce one another, yielding a conceptualization of economic diplomacy that is grounded in practical insights.

A comprehensive approach
A core argument in the book is that economic diplomacy, strategically, affirms that economic/commercial interests and political interests reinforce one another and should thus be seen in tandem. This contrasts with the predominant approach in the transatlantic world, which attaches relatively greater importance to the military–economic linkage in the quest for influence.

The case of Japan
Japan has employed economic diplomacy as a central instrument of its foreign policy and quest for national security since the post-war period. The reconfiguration of regional and global power that started in the 1990s encouraged the Japanese government, in coordination and cooperation with the private sector, to reassess its economic diplomacy policy.

Power shifts
Economic Diplomacy: Japan and the Balance of National Interests illuminates the debates underlying these shifts, the various ways by which Japan’s reinvention of its economic diplomacy is implemented, and the consequences for Japanese foreign policy at large.
Practical relevance

The critical insights offered by the examination of Japan are pertinent for Western countries, as well as for other East Asian nations. They will be of interest to scholars and practitioners of diplomacy, international relations and international economic law and policy.

This book is the ninth volume in the Diplomatic Studies series, edited by Jan Melissen and published by Brill, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

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Editor: Todd Weiler
This volume provides practitioners, academics and students with the first definitive coverage of NAFTA investment arbitration, including a comprehensive overview of the first ten years of practice in the area of investment disputes under the NAFTA provision.

As in any nascent undertaking, the successes, failures and controversies that have been the experience of the state parties involved in NAFTA, are keenly reflected in the Chapter 11 cases. In these essays the readers will find substantive and procedural insights into an emerging new area of public international economic law.

Many see the workings of the NAFTA agreement, particularly Chapter 11, as a Rorschach test for how state parties can approach and effectively adjudicate investment disputes. For this reason all practitioners and scholars concerned with international trade and foreign direct investment issues should consult this book.

Published under the Transnational Publishers imprint.
The EU-Mexico Free Trade Agreement is the first volume in a series of monographs encompassing text and analysis of all multilateral and bilateral free trade agreements. All this adds up to the kind of information business and economic analysts need in order to make sound decisions both in the long and short terms. For example, The EU-Mexico Free Trade Agreement, containing the most detailed and practical comparison of NAFTA and the EU-Mexico Agreement available anywhere, offers a wealth of material and insight with which to build realistic answers to such critical questions as:
•How is Mexico’s preferential access to the EU markets for agricultural exports affected by US trade in produce, livestock and meat?

• Has the EU-Mexico Agreement hurt the “big three” US auto manufacturers?

• Has the mandated cooperation between Mexican and European standards-related agencies given rise to standards that conflict with NAFTA?

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A penetrating study of the impact of NAFTA on Mexico's economic development, this is the only in-depth comparison of Mexican trade law before and after NAFTA, and of how considerations of trade with Mexico altered the provisions (from the earlier Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and the GATT) that formed the basis of the new trilateral project. Mr. von Mehren's book is a point of departure not only for understanding and applying the trade law common to North America but for assessing the likely course of historic negotiations still to come.

Published under the Transnational Publishers imprint.