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Copyright (c) 1995 The American Society of International Law
American Journal of International Law

BOOK REVIEW: NAFTA: The North American Free Trade Agreement: A New Frontier in International Trade and Investment in the Americas.

By Judith H. Bello, Alan F. Holmer, and Joseph J. Norton. Chicago: The American Bar Association, Section of International Law and Practice/The International Lawyer, 1994. Pp. 435. Index. $ 85; $ 65, Section members.

Counseling Emerging Companies in Going International. By Alan S. Gutterman.

Chicago: The American Bar Association, Section of International Law and Practice/The International Lawyer, 1994. Pp. 663. Index. $ 80; $ 69, Section members.

July, 1995

89 A.J.I.L. 668

Author

Don Wallace, Jr., Georgetown University Law Center

Excerpt

These are the two most recent publications of the ABA Section of International Law and Practice. 1 The NAFTA volume is published by the Section in cooperation with its journal, The International Lawyer, and indeed a number of chapters first appeared in the journal. It is of uniformly high quality. Two of the editors, Judith Bello and Alan Holmer, are among the most frequent writers on and editors of volumes about international trade law; the third, Joseph Norton, is Editor in Chief of The International Lawyer. Many authors of individual chapters are either U.S. Trade Representative negotiators or leading practitioners. Volumes like this one and the other book here under review are presumably addressed to practitioners such as in-house counsel and nontrade specialists.

The NAFTA volume is sufficiently detailed that even a specialist may find it of use, at least as a lead to historical and other data that might be included in memoranda and brief citations. While it might be unfair to recommend a 435-page book for light reading, even to a lawyer, I believe the book can be valuable to any lawyer interested in learning about the latest developments in international trade law--not just the NAFTA but also the recently concluded World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreements; many chapters compare the subparts of NAFTA with those of the WTO.

Although primarily discussing law, it contains much economic data on North American goods and services trade, the North American energy market and other sectors covered by ...
 
 
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