Rowman and Littlefield International

Judicial Politics and International Cooperation

From Disputes to Deal-Making at the World Trade Organization

By Arlo Poletti and Dirk De Bièvre

Winner of the 2018 ILAW Book Award from the International Studies Association (ISA).


This book advances innovative arguments and presents original evidence to shed light on the important and surprisingly under-researched question of whether, and how, judicial politics has affected the prospects for cooperation in the WTO through multilateral trade rounds.

Hardback ISBN: 9781785521508 Release date: Apr 2016
£50.00 €70.00 $84.00
Paperback ISBN: 9781785522550 Release date: Nov 2016
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Pages: 180

ECPR Press

Judicial politics has emerged as a central feature of the multilateral trading system alongside a steep decline in the World Trade Organization's ability to deliver negotiated trade liberalization. This book advances innovative arguments and presents original evidence to shed light on the important and surprisingly under-researched question of whether, and how, judicial politics has affected the prospects for cooperation in the WTO through multilateral trade rounds.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables vii

Abbreviations ix

Preface xi

Chapter One – Introduction 1

Chapter Two – Judicial Politics and the Litigation-Negotiation Nexus 11

Chapter Three – Judicial Politics and the Liberalisation of Tariff Barriers

to Trade 31

Chapter Four – Judicial Politics and Regulatory Cooperation 49

Chapter Five – Legal Vulnerability and Cooperation 69

Chapter Six – WTO Judicialisation and the Specialisation of Interest

Mobilisation 99

Conclusion 131

Bibliography 135

Index 159

Arlo Poletti is Assistant Professor of International Public Policy at the University LUISS Guido Carli (Rome, Italy) where he teaches international relations and international public policy. His research interests focus on the political economy of trade policy making, WTO judicial politics and interest groups’ lobbying. He has published on these topics in the Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Public Policy, Regulation & Governance, West European Politics, Comparative European Politics and other outlets. Recently, he published a monographic study The European Union and Multilateral Trade Governance: The Politics of the Doha Round with Routledge. He obtained a PhD from the University of Bologna (Italy) and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science of the University of Antwerp (Belgium).


Dirk De Bièvre is Associate Professor of international politics and international political economy at the University of Antwerp (Flanders, Belgium). He studied in Leuven, Louvain-la-Neuve, and Konstanz, and obtained his PhD in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute in San Domenico di Fiesole in 2002. He is the author of numerous articles on European trade policy, the World Trade Organization, and interest group politics. Before joining the Antwerp Faculty in 2006, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn, and an EU and Volkswagen Foundation research fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES). He occasionally taught at the universities of Brussels, Mannheim, Dresden, Leuven, and was a visiting fellow at the Department of Government of the London School of Economics and Political Science during the academic year 2014/15.

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