Book Review: African Participation at the World Trade Organization
Michelle Q. Zang, Postdoctoral Fellow, PluriCourts, has written a book review on Joan Apecu Lakers “African Participation at the World Trade Organization: Legal and Institutional Aspects, 1995-2010." The review will appear in the Nordic Journal of International Law in 2015.
In spite of the fact that there is a significant amount of literature on trade and development and the participation of developing countries within the WTO, there remains a lacuna of region-specific work. Joan Apecu Laker seeks to fill this research vacuum by investigating the level of participation and engagement of African Members across the three core areas of WTO activities over a 15-year period (1995-2010): policy negotiations, regular committee work, and dispute settlement.
In particular, the book assesses a number of WTO activities conducted by African Members, ranging from the formulating of new rules (legislative activities), the administering of existing rules (executive activities), to the involvement in the evolving jurisprudence (judicial activities). The resulting publication, African Participation at the World Trade Organization: Legal and Institutional Aspects 1995-2010, is based on comprehensive and solid empirical evidence.
The book by Laker was published in Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, in 2013.