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Jackson, John H.

Hessel E. Yntema Professor of Law Emeritus



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John H. Jackson is a graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the University of Michigan Law School. He practiced law in Milwaukee and later became a professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley. He joined the Michigan faculty in 1966. He has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Delhi in Delhi, India, the University of Brussels in Brussels, Belgium, and Tokyo University, Japan, as well as a Consultant on Legal Education to the Ford Foundation, a Research Scholar at the headquarters of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in Geneva, Switzerland, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Brussels, Belgium, and a visiting fellow at the Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C. He has served as associate vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan and as general counsel for the Office of the President's Special Representative for Trade in the U.S. Executive Office of the President in Washington, D.C. He has also served as a member of the board of editors for the American Journal of International Law, the Georgetown Journal of Law and Policy in International Business, the International Tax & Business Lawyer, the Fordham International Law Journal, and the Maryland Journal of International Law & Trade. He is a member of the editorial board for The World Economy and a past member of the editorial boards for the International Bar Association and the Journal of World Trade Law. In 1992 he received the Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award for lifelong contribution to the field of international law from the Columbia University Journal of Transnational Law. He has been a member of the Council of the American Bar Association Section on International Law & Practice, and the Council for the American Society of International Law (as well as vice president of the latter). He has published numerous books, articles, and chapters. Among his more recent books are Legal Problems of International Economic Relations, 3rd ed. (coauthored), and The World Trading System: Law and Policy of International Economic Relations, 2nd ed. His articles have appeared in law reviews throughout this country and abroad. His Implementing the Uruguay Round (co-authored), a volume of works by 13 authors with analysis of 11 different countries' implementation processes, was published in 1997 by Oxford Press, and his The World Trade Organization: Constitution and Jurisprudence was published by the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in 1998. He is also founding editor-in-chief of a new journal published by Oxford University Press in England, started in 1998, the Journal of International Economic Law (JIEL), which publishes scholarly articles on a wide range of legal subjects related to international economic law. In 1998, Prof. Jackson accepted the position of university professor at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., but he remains a member of the University of Michigan law faculty with his emeritus status.

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"WTO Dispute Settlement - Appraisal and Prospects." In Institutional Aspects of the World Trade Organization's Effectiveness Conference. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford Univ. Press. Forthcoming.

"Scholarship as Contribution to World Peace." Mich J. Int'l L. 33, no. 1 (2011): 9.
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"History of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade." In WTO - Trade in Goods, edited by R. Wolfrum, P.-T. Stoll, and H. P. Hestermeyer, 1-24. Max Planck Commentaries on World Trade Law, vol. 5. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2011.

Co-author. "United States Law and China's WTO Accession Process." S. A. Rhodes, co-author. In The WTO and Accession Countries, edited by C. A. Primo Braga and O. Cattaneo, 1, 361-73. Critical Perspectives on the Global Trading System and the WTO. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2009. (Originally published under the same title in J. Int. Econ. L. 2, no. 3 (1999): 497-510.)

Co-editor. Transatlantic Perspectives on International Economic Law. P.-C. Müller-Graff, co-editor. Heidelberger Schriften zum Wirtschaftsrecht und Europarecht, 53. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2009.

"Sovereignty, the WTO and Changing Fundamentals of International Law." In Transatlantic Perspectives on International Economic Law, 9-22. Heidelberger Schriften zum Wirtschaftsrecht und Europarecht, vol. 53. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2009.

"Recent Developments in the WTO Law." In Transatlantic Perspectives on International Economic Law, 73-8. Heidelberger Schriften zum Wirtschaftsrecht und Europarecht, vol. 53. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2009.

"Process and Procedure in WTO Dispute Settlement." Cornell Int'l L.J. 42, no. 2 (2009): 233-40.
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"The Evolution of the World Trading System -- The Legal and Institutional Context." In The Oxford Handbook of International Trade Law, edited by D. Bethlehem, D. McRae R. Neufeld and I. Van Damme, 30-53. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2009.
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