The growth of international trade has generated a complex and ever-expanding body of law. Primary sources include treaties and international agreements, national legislation (unilateral measures), and case law dealing with the resolution of inter-state trade disputes. Trade agreements may be bilateral (between two states), plurilateral (between a limited number of states, often within the same geographic region, subject to very limited reservations), and multilateral (between multiple states, subject to a wider range of reservations).
This research guide focuses on international trade law generally and on the major trade agreements to which the U.S. is a party: the GATT/WTO, the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). For research involving disputes between foreign investors and host states, see the Law Library's guide to International Investment Law. For research involving transnational commercial disputes between private parties, consult the Law Library's guide to International Commercial Arbitration.
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