Conflict of Norms in Public International Law: How WTO Law Relates to Other Rules of International Law

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Preface pagepage xi
Table of casesxiii
List of abbreviationsxxvi
Introduction1
1The topic and its importance: conflict of norms in public international law5
Conflict5
Conflict of norms6
Conflict of norms in public international law10
The importance of the topic12
2The case study: the law of the World Trade Organization25
WTO law as ‘just’ another branch of public international law25
The WTO legal system is not a ‘closed legal circuit’35
The sources of WTO law40
The nature of WTO obligations: reciprocal or integral?52
3Hierarchy of sources89
The continuing uncertainty as to the sources of international law89
Are there any a priori hierarchies in international law?94
Judicial decisions and doctrine109
General principles of law124
Custom and treaties131

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