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Commentaries on World Trade Law is also available in print.

Commentaries on World Trade Law is a comprehensive, standard reference work on WTO Law. The Commentaries explain the provisions of the WTO Agreements article by article, setting out the interpretation of each article in the case law, in practice and in scholarly writing.

Building on the leading reference, Max Planck Commentaries on World Trade Law, this fully revised and updated second edition brings together the writings of a team of more than 100 of the world’s leading scholars, practitioners and former members of the Appellate Body. For the broadest comparative research advantage, each of the 392 articles follows a uniform structure including:

A. General
B. Historical Development
C. WTO Secretariat
D. Director-General
E. Evaluation and Outlook
Documents and Case Law
Bibliography

The contents are extensively hyperlinked to source documents, cross-referenced and indexed. Available in six print volumes and in a user-friendly online edition, the Commentaries provide legal scholars, practitioners and students unprecedented access to key insights and development in international trade law.
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Commentaries on World Trade Law is also available online.

Commentaries on World Trade Law is a comprehensive, standard reference work on WTO Law. The Commentaries explain the provisions of the WTO Agreements article by article, setting out the interpretation of each article in the case law, in practice and in scholarly writing.

Building on the leading reference, Max Planck Commentaries on World Trade Law, this fully revised and updated second edition brings together the writings of a team of more than 100 of the world’s leading scholars, practitioners and former members of the Appellate Body. For the broadest comparative research advantage, each of the 392 articles follows a uniform structure including:

A. General
B. Historical Development
C. WTO Secretariat
D. Director-General
E. Evaluation and Outlook
Documents and Case Law
Bibliography

The contents are extensively hyperlinked to source documents, cross-referenced and indexed. Available in six print volumes and in a user-friendly online edition, the Commentaries provide legal scholars, practitioners and students unprecedented access to key insights and development in international trade law.
The GATT is the historical origin of the World Trade Organization and to this day remains one of its core agreements. In force for over 60 years its rules have provided a framework for trade in goods which has seen such trade grow to unprecedented size. The Agreement has been referred to in roughly 200 disputes initiated under GATT 1947 and many of the currently roughly 400 WTO disputes. Its provisions have inspired similar rules in many other agreements. A thorough knowledge of the GATT is indispensable for practitioners and scholars alike.
Article-by-article this volume explains the GATT 1994, its Introductory Note and Annexes, the Understandings on Arts II:1 lit. b, XVII, XXIV and XXVIII GATT, the Understandings on Balance-of-Payments Provisions and Waivers of Obligations, the Enabling Clause and the Waiver on Preferential Tariff Treatment for Least-Developed Countries. It also covers the Agreements on Customs Valuation, Preshipment Inspection and Rules of Origin. The format allows the reader quick and easy access and reference both with respect to provisions which would otherwise require the parsing of innumerable documents and with respect to provisions hitherto neglected. Written by distinguished practitioners and scholars, the volume is an indispensable reference work for everyone working on or interested in international trade; trade practitioners, diplomats, scholars and activists alike.