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Reframing the Debate: Public Services and International Economic Law

  • Luigi F. Pedreschi
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Part of the Legal Issues of Services of General Interest book series (LEGAL)

Abstract

Public services and international economic law, as expressed in international trade and investment agreements, are often presented as being in a state of constant conflict. This chapter suggests characterisations of this sort are misplaced. Its central argument is the degree of conflict between the two depends on two variables: (a) the system of public service and (b) the model of trade or investment with which it interacts. The chapter begins with an enquiry into the concept of public services. Thereafter, it introduces the NAFTA and the WTO’s GATS as two contrasting models of trade and investment, and examines how their disciplines and exceptions apply to different systems of public services. The analysis contributes to the overarching aim of the book by providing a foundation to assess the impact of EU trade and investment agreements on the public services of its member states.

Keywords

Public services Conflict International trade law Foreign investment law GATS NAFTA 

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  • Luigi F. Pedreschi
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  1. 1.Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced StudiesFlorenceItaly

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