The WTO and the globe’s regional economic integrations (free trade systems and most federal markets, such as Australia, EU, US) have one thing in common: they prohibit the constituent parts (states, Member States, provinces) from restricting trade and release them from this duty, if the restriction is warranted by a local legitimate end. States may introduce standards, shape taxation, impose public service duties on enterprises or maintain monopolies in a way that restricts trade and free competition. They may do this with reference to the local public interest and quite often these references may veil private interest lobbying and protectionist desires. The lecture maps the doctrinal structure of free trade law with the use of a transsystemic scheme.

Csongor István Nagy, LL.M., Ph.D., S.J.D, dr. juris is a professor of law and head of the Department of Private International Law at the University of Szeged, Hungary. He is also research chair and head of the Federal Markets “Momentum” Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, attorney-at-law admitted to the Budapest Bar and arbitrator at the Arbitration Court attached to the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He serves as a recurrent visiting professor at the Central European University (Budapest/New York), the Riga Graduate School of Law (Latvia) and the Sapientia University of Transylvania (Romania).


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