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International Trade Regulation of Agricultural Products

The following sources are recommended by a librarian whose research specialty is the laws and treaties governing international trade in agricultural products.


Six Superlative Sources

· A commercial site that provides news and information on domestic and international issues, links to laws and regulations, an agriculture dictionary, and list of acronyms.

· Desta, Melaku Geboye. The Law of International Trade in Agricultural Products: From GATT to the WTO Agreement on Agriculture (Kluwer Law International, 2003).

· Kershen, Drew L. Agricultural Law Bibliography. The National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Professor Kershen teaches agriculture law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. His bibliography provides citations to books, reports and articles organized around 48 categories. Category 26 contains materials dealing with international trade. Coverage begins in the mid-1980s.

· The National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Contains many useful resources, including research publications by center staff, AgLaw Reporter which summarizes important judicial decisions and administrative regulations, "Reading Rooms" about "International Agricultural Law and Organizations" and about "International Agricultural Trade," and several online glossaries of agricultural trade terms.

· Peoples, Lee. International Trade in Agricultural Products: A Research Guide. Provides an overview of the structure of international trade in agricultural products, research strategies for finding information, and citations and links to relevant resources.

· The United States National Agricultural Library. Contains a variety of resources, including an agriculture thesaurus, online access to the library's catalog and journal index (AGRICOLA).

Other Excellent Sources

· Activities of the European Union: Agriculture. A starting point for information about agriculture and the European Union, this provides general information and links to EU institutions and resources.

· The Agricultural Market Access Database (AMAD). A joint effort among several intergovernmental organizations to create a database of tariff schedules from countries around the world. Fifty countries are currently included in the database.

· The Cairns Group. The Cairns Group of eighteen agricultural exporting countries was formed in 1986 to promote free trade in agricultural products. The group's web site contains information about its history, documents from ministerial meetings, proposals, scholarly papers and links.

· FAOLEX. From the Legal Office of the United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO), this is a full-text database of national laws and regulations on food and agriculture.

· Folsom, Ralph H., et al. International Trade and Investment in a Nutshell (West Group, 2000).

· The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR). A neutral forum for the discussion of strategic issues in agricultural research and development with the goals of ending poverty, increasing food security, and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources.

· Hoffman, Marci. Researching U.S. Treaties and Agreements.

· Kennedy, Kevin C. International Trade in Agriculture: Where We've Been, Where We Are, and Where We're Headed, Michigan State University -- Detroit College of Law Journal of International Law, 10:1, 1-5 (2001).

· Rehberg, Jeanne. WTO/GATT Research

· (United States) Trade Agreements. From the Foreign Agricultural Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, this resource lists agreements the United States has with other individual countries and provides information about ongoing and proposed negotiations. Multilateral agreements are not included.

· Trade in Agricultural Goods and Fishery Products. This resource from the Directorate General for Trade of the European Union provides current legislation relating to trade in agricultural products, updates on WTO negotiations, and information about sanitary, phytosanitary, and biotechnology trade issues.

· Wegner, Jean M. International Trade Law. ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law.

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