Laurel Terry co-authors chapter in new WTO book
May 9, 2014
The World Trade Organization held a book launch in Geneva on May 7 for its new Cambridge University Press book to which Professor Laurel Terry contributed. Professor Terry and Erica Moeser, President and CEO of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, co-authored the chapter on U.S. legal services in WTO Domestic Regulation and Services Trade: Putting Principles into Practice.
“I’m very pleased that U.S. legal services were selected for one of the book’s case studies. Our chapter should help the global community better understand the regulatory structure of U.S. legal services,” Terry said. “Our book also documents some of the ways in which U.S. legal services regulation has responded to globalization and offers observations about future developments.”
The book addresses the domestic regulation principles or “disciplines” that government trade negotiators have been seeking to craft, under the mandate of the WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). The book also includes country and sector-specific case studies, which focus on a particular regulatory experience or challenge; they discuss general approaches, mechanisms or solutions that have been applied across a range of sectors. The case studies help shed light on how some of the issues discussed in the domestic regulation disciplines have been addressed.
The Harvey A. Feldman Distinguished Faculty Scholar and professor of law, Professor Terry is a scholar of legal ethics and the international and inter-jurisdictional regulation of the legal profession. A three-time Fulbright grant recipient, her research interests include global regulatory initiatives, the application of the World Trade Organization’s GATS agreement to legal services, lawyer confidentiality and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations, and the effect of the Bologna Process on legal education.