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Trade across national boundaries is subject to laws and regulations composed of domestic laws and trade agreements. There are basically three levels of international trade agreements: bilateral relationships, multilateral arrangements, and regional agreements Trade organizations established under the agreements and individual countries' policies and laws relating to international trade are also components of international trade law.

Sections in this Research Guide


Primary source documents concerning:

  • The history or interpretation of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
  • Issues relating to the World Trade Organization (WTO) or its agreements.
  • Special topics affecting the GATT - WTO legal regime, such as agriculture, development, and the Doha Round.

Free Trade Agreements

Primary source documents concerning:

  • Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) to which the United States is a party.
  • FTAs or Customs Unions (CUs) involving Islamic countries, particularly in the Arab Muslim World.

United States Trade Law

Primary source documents concerning:

  • Legislative history, particularly Statements of Administrative Action, concerning certain trade agreements to which the United States is a party.
  • National security and United States Trade Law.
  • Social justice and United States Trade Law.

December 2013 Bali Package

The Decisions, adopted by consensus at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia, comprise what is known informally as the "Bali Package," and are part of the Doha Development Agenda (DDA), or Doha Round. Indeed, other than the amendment to Article 31 of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs), to which the WTO agreed at its December 2005 Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong, the Bali Package is the first multilateral deal in the Doha Round, which was launched at the November 2001 Ministerial Conference win the Qatari capital.

Book Updates

Secondary source documents concerning books on International Trade Law, specifically:

  • Raj Bhala, International Trade Law: Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice (LexisNexis, 3rd ed., 2008).
  • Raj Bhala, Dictionary of International Trade Law (LexisNexis, 2008).
  • Raj Bhala, Modern GATT Law (Sweet and Maxwell, 2005).
  • Raj Bhala, Trade, Development, and Social Justice (Carolina Academic Press, 2003).

Law Review Articles

Secondary source documents in the form of scholarly articles on issues concerning International Trade Law.


Secondary source documents in the form of Commentary about legal and policy issues in International Trade Law.



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