Academic journal article The George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics

Anti-Dumping under the WTO: A Comparative Review

Academic journal article The George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics

Anti-Dumping under the WTO: A Comparative Review

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Anti-Dumping Under the WTO: A Comparative Review, edited by Keith Steele. London: Kluwer Law International, Ltd., 1996. Pp. 279. $50.00 (hardcover).

With the World Trade Organization (WTO) approaching its four-year anniversary, Anti-Dumping under the WTO: A Comparative Review provides an early summary of the antidumping legislation that some WTO member governments have enacted as a result of the Uruguay Round Trade Agreements. Published in 1996, this book reviews the national antidumping legislation in nine WTO members-Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States-and one non-WTO member, Taiwan. The book also presents a chapter that addresses how NAFTA's separate Dispute Settlement Process affects antidumping actions among Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Steele gathers a collection of trade attorneys from the ten countries covered in the book to present a practitioner's perspective on their nations' antidumping laws and procedures. The result is a valuable guide for practitioners, students, and businesspeople alike who want a general overview of the antidumping regimes of ten key users of antidumping law after the Uruguay Round.

Steele introduces the book with a summation of how the WTO Antidumping Code has changed international rules with respect to antidumping investigations. Noting that the Code spells out greater detail on the procedures that investigating authorities must follow in antidumping investigations, Steele mentions that the WTO Code establishes new requirements on standing, time limits, and de minimis dumping margins and import volumes, to name a few. Turning to substantive changes resulting from the Code, Steele emphasizes the Code's inclusion of new rules affecting the calculation of sales below cost and currency fluctuations-two issues of increasing importance as the world's currencies continue to roller coaster from the spread of the Asian "flu. …

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