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EARTHSCAN READER ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. Edited by Kevin Gallagher and Jacob Werksman, 2002. In an era of globalisation, international trade is a fact of life. The increasing conflicts surrounding negotiations on trade liberalisation illustrade the breadth and depth of concern among governments, academics, activists, and civil society. The disputes focus on the potential impacts of an unfettered global market place on jobs, social cohesion and the environment. To obtain a copy of this book, visit

ENHANCING THE WTO'S DISPUTE SETTLEMENT UNDERSTANDING. By the UK Federal Trust for Education and Research Expert Working Group. This publication explores the impact of the DSU on the resolution of trade disputes, and proposes improvements to make the DSU more user-friendly and effective, in particular for developing countries. The report is available for download at

POLICING INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES: THE CITES TREATY AND COMPLIANCE. By Rosalind Reeve. Published by Earthscan, 2002. A definitive study of the 'self-policing' compliance system of CITES. Paperback 1 85383 880 2 £19.95 (full price), online discount of 10 percent. For further details visit:

PROVIDING GLOBAL PUBLIC GOODS. By the UN Development Programme, November 2002. The book addresses the issue of how to adjust the concept of public goods to today's economic and political realities. It examines a series of managerial and political challenges that pertain to the design and implementation of product strategies as well as the monitoring and evaluation of global public goods provision. Suggestions are presented on a number of policy reforms and recommendations are made on how to move in a more feasible and systematic way towards a fairer process of globalization that works in the interests of all. For further information visit:

"Economics of the US-Canada Softwood Lumber Dispute: A Historical Perspective." By SM Osman Rahman and Stephen Devadoss. THE ESTY CENTRE JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND TRADE POLICY, Volume 3 Number 1, 2002. This paper reviews the US-Canada softwood lumber dispute over the past two decades by outlining the key developments and critically appraising the arguments put forward by both countries. It also presents a welfare analysis of lumber trade distortions. Given the importance of lumber trade between Canada and the United States, the article concludes that an expeditious resolution of this long–running trade dispute would be beneficial for both countries. To obtain a copy of this article, visit

FAO PAPERS ON SELECTED ISSUES RELATING TO THE WTO NEGOTIATIONS ON AGRICULTURE. Prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, 2002. The papers in this volume were originally prepared by FAO staff or by consultants for submission to Round Tables organised in Geneva in 2001 and early 2002. Edited for publication, they also contain comments by the panellists in some cases. The Round Tables were attended mainly by country representatives in the WTO, by representatives of interested international organisations and by policy advisors. To obtain a copy of this publication, visit

THE FUTURE OF PREFERENTIAL TRADE ARRANGEMENTS FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND THE CURRENT ROUND OF WTO NEGOTIATIONS ON AGRICULTURE. Prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, 2002. Trade preferences for developing countries have been a feature of industrialised countries' commercial policies for nearly 40 years. However, with overall trade liberalisation, tariff preferences are gradually losing importance. In agriculture, on the other hand, they can still be potentially valuable because MFN tariffs are extremely high in many cases, though they are also in the process of being reduced. Yet, because of the sensitive nature of their agricultural policies, developed countries have usually been reluctant to provide deep preferences for agricultural products. This topic is discussed throughout the publication and recommendations are given to provide solutions. To obtain a copy of this publication, visit  

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