Power, International Trade Law, and State Transformation

Power, International Trade Law, and State Transformation

Prof. Richard Steinberg, UCLA School of Law

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Duration: 1:08:52

 Preface: overview of other related work, e.g., criminal law, constitutional reform for post-conflict and divided societies, etc. (4:36). Download a copy of this presentation handout here: steinberghandout.pdf

 Main issues discussed:
  • Sociological and economic views of institutionalized isomorphism
  • How US and European powers shaped international trade laws from 1947 to the 2000’s, and how trade laws affect the formation of a state
  • How market size affects trade negotiations
  • The current era of deadlock
  • Trade diversion
  • Bandwagon effect of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)
  • WTO dispute settlement system – role in furthering international trade compliance
  • Technical assistance
  • Preferential free trade agreements
  • EU membership
  • Five key changes in the nature of the state
  • How developing and least developing countries respond to the rules


  1. Proliferation of MFN’s
  2. Clarifying the last graph in the handout
  3. Players and bargaining powers
  4. IMF
  5. Japan as an outlier
  6. To what extent can Latin American countries resist pressures?
  7. Impact of 9/11 on international trade
  8. How can NGOs increase sustainable development?
  9. Are other untapped opportunities remaining?
Speaker biography:

Richard Steinberg writes and teaches in the areas of international law and international relations. He currently teaches International Trade Law, International Business Transactions, and The Human Rights Law and Technology Clinic. He is also Director of the Sanela Diana Jenkins International Human Rights Law Project.

In addition to his UCLA appointment, Professor Steinberg is currently Visiting Professor and Senior Scholar at the Stanford University Division of International, Comparative, and Area Studies.

Professor Steinberg is on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law and is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has taught law courses at Stanford Law School, the University of California Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law, Sciences Po (Institut d’Etudes Politiques) in France, the University of Coimbra in Portugal, La Trobe University in Australia, and elsewhere.

Professor Steinberg has written over forty articles on international law. His most recent books are International Institutions (co-edited, 2009, SAGE), International Law and International Relations (co-edited, 2007, Cambridge University Press), and The Evolution of the Trade Regime: Economics, Law, and Politics of the GATT/WTO (co-authored, 2006, Princeton University Press).

Prior to arriving at UCLA, Professor Steinberg worked as Assistant General Counsel to the United States Trade Representative in Washington, D.C., and later as an associate with Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. He also served as Project Director at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE) at UC Berkeley.