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Dr Francis Botchway, Documents in International Economic Law

Dr Francis Botchway, Documents in International Economic Law BOOK REVIEWS – CRITIQUE BIBLIOGRAPHIQUE Documents in International Economic Law, Dr Francis Botchway [London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2006] This book was written by an experienced international lawyer who has been practising and lecturing in this area for many years. He is a reader at the University of Hull (Law School) and visiting Professor at the University of Puerto Rico (Law School) and the Leuven University in Belgium. He recently won the Willoughby Prize 2004 for his article on “Privatisation and State Control – the Case of the Ashanti Goldfields Company”. Dr Botchway presents a comprehensive overview and commentary on over 100 international treaties and agreements, along with the text of each, to provide an essential understanding of the global economy and trade system from the legal perspective. The book includes an extensive series of tables recoding the history of the membership to the international instruments, as well as the ratification and the accession dates for each treaty. For each reference, the work is indexed in three different ways: chronologically, by economic sector and geographically. This book provides an outstanding “one-stop-shop” for the location of an international agreement or instrument relating to economic activity. The author has covered a wide range of issues in the book ranging from development plans, such as the Marshal Plan for rebuilding post-war Europe, to the management of commodities and products. Some of the documents are primarily of historical importance. The treaty of Westphalia, the Berlin Act on Africa and the Marshal Plan fall into that category. The primary focus of this book, however, is on the current international economic instruments, including bilateral investment treaties and agreements and treaties that established multilateral economic institutions such as the World Trade Organisation, the Energy Charter Organisation, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the World Bank), the International Monetary Fund, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. This book can be recommended to international economic law students, international lawyers, arbitrators, diplomats, practitioners and also those working for international organisations, in particular those drawing up treaties and memoranda of understanding. The author provides extensive references, which will be of benefit to lawyers and non-lawyers who want to know more about international economic law and treaty making. It is a useful resource for researchers in the area of international economic law. Dr Emmanuel Opoku Awuku, Former Legal Adviser, Commonwealth Secretariat, Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division 15 RADIC (2007) 161 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png African Journal of International and Comparative Law Edinburgh University Press

Dr Francis Botchway, Documents in International Economic Law

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press
Subject
Book Reviews – Critique Bibliographique
ISSN
0954-8890
eISSN
1755-1609
DOI
10.3366/ajicl.2007.15.1.161
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BOOK REVIEWS – CRITIQUE BIBLIOGRAPHIQUE Documents in International Economic Law, Dr Francis Botchway [London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2006] This book was written by an experienced international lawyer who has been practising and lecturing in this area for many years. He is a reader at the University of Hull (Law School) and visiting Professor at the University of Puerto Rico (Law School) and the Leuven University in Belgium. He recently won the Willoughby Prize 2004 for his article on “Privatisation and State Control – the Case of the Ashanti Goldfields Company”. Dr Botchway presents a comprehensive overview and commentary on over 100 international treaties and agreements, along with the text of each, to provide an essential understanding of the global economy and trade system from the legal perspective. The book includes an extensive series of tables recoding the history of the membership to the international instruments, as well as the ratification and the accession dates for each treaty. For each reference, the work is indexed in three different ways: chronologically, by economic sector and geographically. This book provides an outstanding “one-stop-shop” for the location of an international agreement or instrument relating to economic activity. The author has covered a wide range of issues in the book ranging from development plans, such as the Marshal Plan for rebuilding post-war Europe, to the management of commodities and products. Some of the documents are primarily of historical importance. The treaty of Westphalia, the Berlin Act on Africa and the Marshal Plan fall into that category. The primary focus of this book, however, is on the current international economic instruments, including bilateral investment treaties and agreements and treaties that established multilateral economic institutions such as the World Trade Organisation, the Energy Charter Organisation, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the World Bank), the International Monetary Fund, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. This book can be recommended to international economic law students, international lawyers, arbitrators, diplomats, practitioners and also those working for international organisations, in particular those drawing up treaties and memoranda of understanding. The author provides extensive references, which will be of benefit to lawyers and non-lawyers who want to know more about international economic law and treaty making. It is a useful resource for researchers in the area of international economic law. Dr Emmanuel Opoku Awuku, Former Legal Adviser, Commonwealth Secretariat, Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division 15 RADIC (2007) 161

Journal

African Journal of International and Comparative LawEdinburgh University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2007

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