New Issue: Trade, Law and Development

The latest issue of Trade, Law and Development, a journal published by the students of National Law University, Jodhpur (India), has just been published. Contents include:


Human Rights and International Economic Law ABSTRACT PDF
– Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann 283-314
Investment Treaty Breach as Internationally Proscribed Conduct: Shifting Scope, Evolving Objectives, Recalibrated Remedies? ABSTRACT PDF
– Mavluda Sattorova 315-352
Doha Round Negotiations: Problems, Potential Outcomes and Possible Implications ABSTRACT PDF
– Surendra Bhandari 353-384
Notes and Comments
Challenges in Intellectual Property Governance: Providing the Right Incentives in the Quest for Global Innovation ABSTRACT PDF
– Daniel Gervais 385-399
A Note on the Appellate Body Report in the Chinese Minerals Export Restrictions Case ABSTRACT PDF
– Mitsuo Matsushita 400-420
A Balancing Act: Using WTO Dispute Settlement to Resolve Regional Trade Agreement Disputes ABSTRACT PDF
– Felicity Hammond 421-450
Book Review
A Review of Sonia E. Rolland, Development at the World Trade Organization (Oxford Univ. Press 2012) PDF
– Nicolas Lamp 451-471

As a consulting editor for TL&D, I would like to congratulate the Editors for putting together another wonderful Issue!


New Issue: TL&D on WTO Dispute Settlement

Trade, Law and Development, a scholarly journal published by National Law University Jodhpur, has published its latest issue on dispute settlement at the WTO. As Prof. Joel Trachtman rightly notes in his editorial, legitimacy and development are the two underlying themes of the special issue. On legitimacy, Gabrielle Marceau and Mikella Hurley discuss transparency and public participation in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. Particularly interesting is their attempt at comparing transparency at the WTO with other fora. Arthur Daemmrich writes about epistemic contests and the legitimacy of the WTO. Based upon a case study of the Brazil — Upland Cotton dispute, Daemmerich presents an expertise based account of the contemporary legitimacy of the WTO. On the theme of development, Jan Bohanes and Fernanda Garza present a comprehensive study on the participation of developing countries in WTO dispute settlement, arguing that the greatest constraints for developing country participation in WTO dispute settlement are at the domestic level. Sonia Rolland presents a developmental account of the implementation stage of WTO disputes. Also in the issue, Simon Lester discusses the development of standards of appellate review and Claus Zimmerman discusses the absence of retrospective remedies at the WTO — legal and institutional issues which remain relatively under-explored.

It’s a great issue, and you should head here to browse through the entire content.

I should perhaps also point out that TL&D has been ranked as the best law journal in India, as well as the fifteenth best in the world in the field of international trade, by the Washington & Lee Law Journal Rankings (the most comprehensive of this sort). Congratulations to the editors and staff of the journal — it is heartening to see such efforts towards improving legal scholarship in India.

Recent Calls: TL&D, SIEL, Int’l. Law & the Periphery

A couple of calls that might interest readers:

1.  Trade, Law and Development (a National Law Univ. – Jodhpur journal) has   issued a call for submissions for its next special issue. The theme is “Dispute Settlement at the World Trade Organization.” The Journal especially welcomes contributions from Indian law students and young scholars in the field. Here’s the text of the call:

Trade, Law and Development

Call for Submissions

Special Issue on Dispute Settlement at the World Trade Organization

Founded in 2009, the philosophy of Trade, Law and Development has been to generate and sustain a constructive and democratic debate on emergent issues in International Economic Law and to serve as a forum for the discussion and distribution of ideas. In keeping with these ideals, the Board of Editors is pleased to announce Dispute Settlement at the World Trade Organization as the theme for its next Special Issue (Vol. 4, No. 1).

Having evolved from the erstwhile dispute resolution system under the aegis of the GATT, the present Dispute Settlement Mechanism (DSM) has come to be recognized as a means of effective and efficient resolution of differences between trading members in the multi-billion dollar trading system. As a fundamental pillar of international trade, the WTO DSM has come under great scrutiny for its wide implications and ramifications on the world trading system, as well as its Member States. It has been both praised for its effectiveness in tackling disputes while also facing criticism for its shortcomings. In this context, many scholars and experts view the WTO DSM as an entity whose parameters could extend beyond those of trade disputes to other areas of international law.

Inspired by the pivotal position of the DSM in the world trading system, the Board of Editors thus invites original, unpublished submissions for the Special Issue on Dispute Settlement at the WTO for publication as a ‘Articles’, ‘Notes’, ‘Comments’ and/or ‘Book Reviews’. Submissions from students, which particularly espouse developing country perspectives in the realm of WTO Dispute Settlement are specifically encouraged.

Manuscripts may be submitted via email, ExpressO, or LexOpus. For further information, please visit the journal website.

In case of any further queries, please feel free to contact the editors at:


Last Date for Submissions: 31st October, 2011

2. The Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) has issued a call for papers for its 3rd Biennial Global Conference to be held in Singapore from 12 to 14 July 2012. Continue reading