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International trade law is the set of laws and agreements that govern commerce between countries. International trade laws create the rules that countries and businesses must follow to do business across borders. Lawyers who work in the field help create international agreements. International trade attorneys must work to ensure that their clients understand and comply with tax laws in all of the countries where they do business. They must also work on behalf of their clients to reduce or avoid repetitive taxation.

Current WTO rules are codified in three agreements: The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), covering international trade in goods; the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS); and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). This book places international trade law within its broader context, providing comment and critique on a range of questions both related specifically to the discipline of international trade law itself and the outside face of international trade law and its intersection with states and other aspects of the global system. It examines the economic and institutional context of the world trading system, its substantive law (including regional trade regimes), and the settlement of disputes.