New Book: China’s Influence on Non Trade Concerns in International Economic Law

I am happy to announce the publication of a new book examining the role of China may very soon play in shaping the rules of globalization. The books is entitled China’s Influence on Non Trade Concerns in International Economic Law, and it is edited by Professor Paolo Davide Farah (West Virginia University) and Doctor Elena Cima (Graduate Institute of International Law and Development Studies, Geneva) for Routledge.

The volume starts from the premise that a globalization without concerns for local communities can produce negative externalities on markets and industries ranging from labor to energy, from education and knowledge production to food. Endangering good governance, as well as social, economic, cultural, and environmental rights over the medium term can significantly weaken globalization. At the same time, the perception that conflicts exist between international economic rules and non-trade concerns poses the question of how international law and international economic law can best work towards a stronger protection of rights.


The editors and the contributors to this timely volume provide an original answer, focussed on how current trends in Chinese law and policy towards international law may soon allow the country to play a leading role in the protection of non trade concerns. China, write the authors “not only has…adopted several reforms and new regulations to address NTCs; but it has started to play a very relevant role in international negotiations on NTCs such as climate change, enercy, and culture among others. While China is still considered a developing country … it promises to be a key actor in international law in general and, more specifically, in international economic law.”

The book’s Table of Content is available here.


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