Book Review

Review of “The EU, World Trade Law and the Right to Food: Rethinking Free Trade Agreements with Developing Countries”

Giovanni Gruni, The EU, World Trade Law and the right to Food: Rethinking Free Trade Agreements with Developing Countries. Studies in International Trade and Investment Law series. Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2018. ISBN 9781509916207.

Ana Peres

International trade law does not aim only at promoting liberalisation and market access, and Giovanni Gruni book points out the importance of considering food security aspects when negotiating free trade agreements (FTAs). The comprehensive analysis finds its place among the body of work aiming at creating and spreading knowledge to bridge the gap between human rights and international trade law. The author impressive understanding of both areas of law offers a thoughtful and complete assessment of the rules negotiated by the EU in its FTAs with vulnerable countries, demonstrating, first, how the EU has the adequate tools to promote the right to food on the international trade scenario, and, second, how it fails to do so. The work adds, thus, to the debate over bringing international trade talks closer to non-economic issues, stressing the relationship between trade and development. In this regard, trade and human rights are compatible, and major trade powers should pursue a common ground when dealing with those topics.

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Review of “Britain Alone! The Implications and Consequences of United Kingdom Exit from the EU”

Review of “Britain Alone! The Implications and Consequences of United Kingdom Exit from the EU”, edited by Patrick J Birkinshaw, Andrea Biondi (European Monographs 96, Kluwer Law International: 2016, hard cover, ISBN 978904115832, 376 pages, £ 100.00)

Matteo Negro, LLM Candidate, King’s College London and Luigi Lonardo, PhD Candidate, King’s College London

“Heavy fog in Channel. Continent cut off.

The London Times, headline, 22 October 1957

Introduction

David Cameron has described UK’s Brexit vote as a “once in a generation” decision. The implications of such a decision indeed deserve the full attention of citizens – and all the more so of scholars and practitioners. In this context, the publication of “Britain Alone! The implications and Consequences of United Kingdom Exit from the EU” (Kluwer Law International, 2016, 376 pages), edited by Professors Patrick J. Birkinshaw (Hull University) and Andrea Biondi (King’s College London), is a timely and welcomed publication. It contributes to the public and academic debate, analysing in detail the impact of a Brexit scenario on the UK’s legal system. It explains the legal difficulties of an “open sea” [1] political choice and swipes away the simplicity of some Leave rhetoric. Continue reading “Review of “Britain Alone! The Implications and Consequences of United Kingdom Exit from the EU””