E. THOMAS SULLIVAN
DEAN AND WILLIAM S. PATTEE PROFESSOR OF LAW, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA LAW SCHOOL
It was a great privilege for the University of Minnesota Law School to host a global conference on “The Political Economy of International Trade Law” on campus on September 15–16, 2000 in honor of our colleague Professor Robert E. Hudec, who was retiring after twenty-eight years on the University of Minnesota law faculty. This volume is a result of the intellectual exchange and energy that occurred during the conference.
Although this volume analyzes the historical and current issues affecting the World Trade Organization specifically and international trade in general, its production could not have occurred without the leadership and intellectual commitment of Professor Robert Hudec. Professor Hudec, the author of six leading books and over thirty-five articles and monographs on international trade, joined the University of Minnesota Law faculty in 1972. Previously, he had been a member of the Yale University Law faculty; a Rockefeller Foundation Research Fellow in the Office of General Agreements on Tariff and Trade, in Geneva, Switzerland; and Assistant General Counsel, Office of Special Trade Representatives for Trade Negotiations, in Washington, DC. Earlier, he had clerked for the Honorable Potter Stewart on the United States Supreme Court. Although making his academic home at the University of Minnesota for nearly thirty years, Professor Hudec also held visiting faculty appointments at Stanford University, the University of Texas, Cornell University Law School, the University of Toronto, the Kiel Institute for World Economics, and the Université Jean Moulin, Lyon, France.
This volume teaches, as does Professor Hudec's own scholarship, that one cannot understand or appreciate international trade law, or the law and institutions of the World Trade Organization, without understanding the culture, environment, and political economy of the member states that make up the international trade community. From the issues of “structure” to the day-to-day application of trade laws and policies, this volume is unique in its positive and normative analysis of the political economy of international trade law today.
We salute Professor Hudec for his lifelong contributions to this important body of scholarship and to his many colleagues throughout the world who came to the University of Minnesota for this conference, and now in this volume offer their professional salute and best wishes to Bob Hudec, certainly one of the foremost authorities in the world on international trade.