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Globalization and Local Adaptation in International Trade Law

The trade principles of Western liberal democracies are at the core of international trade law regimes and standards. Are non-Western societies adopting international standards, or are they adapting them to local norms and cultural values? This volume employs the paradigm of selective adaptation to explain the reception of international trade law in the Pacific Rim. Drawing on examples from China, Japan, Thailand, and North America, the contributors show that formal acceptance of international trade standards does not necessarily translate into uniform enforcement and acceptance at the local level. They offer compelling evidence that non-uniform compliance will be a legitimate outcome of the globalization of international trade law.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Concepts and Methods

Introduction: Selective Adaptation, Institutional Capacity, and the Reception of International Law under Conditions of Globalization / Pitman B. Potter

Global Competition Governance: A Step towards Constitutionalization of the WTO / Ljiljana Biukovic

Methodology and Current Research Directions in Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution / Emma Buchtel

Part 2: Local Implementation of Global Standards

Globalization and Local Culture in Contracts: Japanese Companies in Thailand / Yoshitaka Wada

NAFTA, Labour Mobility, and Dispute Resolution within a North American Context / Kathrine Richardson

The TRIPS Agreement and New Developments in IP Law in China / Liao Zhigang

Competition Policy, Capacity Building, and Selective Adaptation: Tentative Lessons from Japan's Experience with Anti-Cartel Policies / Richard Schwindt and Devin McDaniels

Selective Adaptation of Economic Governance Norms in China: Transparency and Autonomy in Local Context / Pitman B. Potter

Part 3: Case Studies on Dispute Resolution

International Dispute Resolution in Japan: A Combination of Judicial and Other Systems / Maomi Iwase

Introduction to International Trade Dispute Settlement in China / Wang Shuliang

Alternate Dispute Resolution in Japanese Legal Education: Preliminary Evidence from the 2003 and 2004 Curricula / Mayumi Saegusa and Julian Dierkes

A Comparative Study of Olympic Marks Protection and Beyond: Canada, the United States, and China / Wenwei Guan


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