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Regional Economic Integration and Dispute Settlement in East Asia

The Evolving Legal Framework

Anna G Tevini



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Hart Publishing
28 June 2018
The accession of the People's Republic of China to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001 significantly transformed the global economy both de facto and de jure. At the regional level, China's WTO accession served as an important catalyst for the establishment of Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) in East Asia. This was a novel development for the region, since East Asian States had previously followed a largely informal, market-driven approach to regional economic integration. By contrast, rules-based economic integration involving East Asian States was traditionally limited to multilateral integration under the GATT/WTO framework.

This book systematically analyses and explains the development, nature and challenges of rules-based regional economic integration in East Asia with particular attention to the region's first four RTAs. While also addressing the socio-economic, historical and political factors influencing the development of RTAs in East Asia, the book focuses on the legal institutions governing economic integration in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as under the ASEAN-China Comprehensive Economic Co-Operation Agreement (ACFTA), the Japan-Singapore New Age Economic Partnership Agreement (JSEPA), and the Mainland China-Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA). The book provides a systematic, comparative account of the scope, depth and (hard law versus soft law) quality of rules-based economic integration achieved under these four RTAs in the areas of trade in goods and services, investment liberalisation and protection, labour mobility, and dispute settlement.
By:   Anna G Tevini
Imprint:   Hart Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 169mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   1.168kg
ISBN:   9781849465830
ISBN 10:   1849465835
Series:   Studies in International Trade and Investment Law
Pages:   592
Publication Date:   28 June 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Anna G Tevini is an attorney with Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York whose practice focuses on international arbitration and Asia-related internal investigations. She holds a PhD degree in law (summa cum laude) from Goettingen University, Germany, and an LLM degree from New York University. Her doctoral dissertation, on which this book is based, was awarded Goettingen University's Law Faculty Award for Best Thesis in 2012. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Anna has lived in China and Southeast Asia at various times during the past 20 years. She is a member of the Asian Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar Association and a senior fellow of the Melton Foundation.

Reviews for Regional Economic Integration and Dispute Settlement in East Asia: The Evolving Legal Framework

This is an excellent book which has its rightful place in the libraries of lawyers who are involved in international dispute settlement... The greatest value of the book lies in its clarity, comprehensiveness and demonstrated understanding of the subject... The book is highly recommended to scholars, students and practitioners engaged, directly or otherwise, in the field of dispute resolution, not only in East Asia but also in other regions and, indeed, globally. -- Professor Leon Trakman * Asian Dispute Review *

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