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Dr. J.H. (James) Mathis

Faculty of Law
Public International Law

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15859
    1001 NJ Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile


    James Mathis is an associate professor in the Department of International Law and a research fellow in the Amsterdam Center for International Law. He participates in the research school Ius Commune. His research interests include International trade law and the WTO, regional trade agreements in the WTO, transatlantic trade issues, technical barriers to trade, and regional / international competition policies.

    James is the managing editor of   "Legal Issues of Economic Integration", a Kluwer Law journal published four times each year.   He is on the Advisory Board for TRALAC, (Capetown, SA), and an occasional advisor on trade and competition issues for UNCTAD, Geneva .   

    He has conducted guest lectures at the World Bank Institute (DC), TheWorld Trade Organization ( Geneva ), TheEuropean Commission-DG Trade, George Washington University (DC), Columbia University (NY), University of Reykjavic (IS), International Developmental Law Organization ( Rome ), The European Institute of Public Administration ( Maastricht ), Yeditepe University ( Istanbul ), TRALAC (Capetown), among others.

    Courses Instructed

    - International Trade Law
    - International Trade Law and Domestic Regulation
    - Development Issues in International Trade Law


    - Regional Trade Agreements in the GATT/WTO: Article XXIV and the Internal Trade Requirement, TMC Asser Press, Den Hague, 2002.

    - "Is There Potential for Competition Policy in the ECOWAS", with K. Dawar in, The Effects of Anti-competitive Business Practices on Developing Countries and Their Development Prospects, (eds., Qaqaya, H., & Lipimile, G.,), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UN, Geneva, pp. 365-408, 2008.  

    - "Regional Trade Agreements and Domestic Regulation, what reach for 'other restrictive regulations of Commerce", in L. Bartels and F. Ortino (eds.), Regional   Trade Agreements and   the WTO Legal System, Oxford University Press, pp. 79-108, 2006.  

    - "Competition Cooperation in Regional Integration Agreements, A SACU Example," in M. Mashayekhi and T. Ito (Eds), Multilateralism and Regionalism, The New Interface, United Nations Conference onTrade and Development (UNCTAD),UN, Geneva, pp. 151-170, 2005.

    - "Application of Core WTO principles to National Competition Policies", UNCTAD, Technical Series on Issues in Competition Law and Policy, Geneva , 2003.

    - "The Community's External Regional Policy in the WTO" in: Pitou van Dijck and Gerrit Faber (eds), The External Economic Dimension of the European Union, Kluwer Law International, 2000.

    - "Resolving the WTO Regionalism Impasse", in Japan and The European Union, Ten Years After the Hague Declaration, The Japan Foundation and the Trans-European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), Brussels, 2000.

    - "Mutual Recognition Agreements in the Transatlantic Marketplace", Journal of World Trade, 32:6, pp. 5-31, 1998.

    - "Issues in Regional Merger Control" in: World Competition, 21:3, pp. 29-44, 1998.


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  • Publications


    • Holmes, P., Rollo, J., Dawar, K., & Mathis, J. H. (2016). Qualified Market Access: An Economic, Empirical and Legal Analysis. Journal of International Trade, 1, 47-71. [details]
    • Mathis, J. (2016). WTO Appellate Body, Peru – Additional Duty on Imports of Certain Agriculture Products, WT/DS457/AB/R, 20 July 2015. Legal Issues of Economic Integration, 43(1), 97-105. [details]


    • Kuijper, P. J., Mathis, J. H., & Morris-Sharma, N. Y. (2015). From treaty-making to treaty-breaking: models for ASEAN external trade agreements. (Integration through law: the role of law and the rule of law in ASEAN integration; No. 6). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details]
    • Mathis, J. H. (2015). Regulatory Regionalism in the WTO - Are ‘Deep Integration’ Processes Compatible with the Multilateral Trading System? In S. Lester, B. Mercurio, & L. Bartels (Eds.), Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements. Commentary and Analysis. - 2nd edition (pp. 142-168). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details]


    • Mathis, J. (2014). Addressing transatlantic regulatory barriers: can the US and the EU create an effective equivalency instrument? In E. Fahey, & D. Curtin (Eds.), A transatlantic community of law: legal perspectives on the relationship between the EU and US legal orders (pp. 186-209). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [details]



    • Mathis, J., & Laurenza, E. (2012). Services and investment in the EU-South Korea free-trade area: implications of a new approach for GATS V agreements and for bilateral investment treaties. The Journal of World Investment & Trade, 13(2), 157-185. [details]


    • Mathis, J. H. (2011). The 'legalization' of GATT Article XXIV - Can foes become friends? In K. W. Bagwell, & P. C. Mavroidis (Eds.), Preferential trade agreements: a law and economics analysis (pp. 31-39). (Columbia Studies in WTO Law and Policy). Cambridge [etc.]: Cambridge University Press. [details]


    • Mathis, J. H. (2015). From the board: Preferentials and plurilaterals: between a rock and a hard place for the WTO. Legal Issues of Economic Integration, 42(2), 89-92. [details]


    • Mathis, J. H. (2013). Happy Golden Anniversary, EU: Turkey Customs Union. Legal Issues of Economic Integration, 40(4), 291-296. [details]
    • van Ooik, R. H., & Mathis, J. H. (2013). Turkey's accession to the European Union: temporary and permanent derogations from the EU's economic acquis? In B. Akçay, & B. Yilmaz (Eds.), Turkey's accession to the European Union: political and economic challenges (pp. 73-95). Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books. [details]


    • Mathis, J. (2012). Multilateral aspects of advanced regulatory cooperation: considerations for a Canada-EU Comprehensive Trade Agreement (CETA). Legal Issues of Economic Integration, 39(1), 73-91. [details]


    • Mathis, J. (2011). International social and environmental production standards: should corporate social responsibility get a slice of the WTO pie? In J. H. Reestman, A. Schrauwen, M. van Montrans, & J. Jans (Eds.), De regels en het spel: opstellen over recht, filosofie, literatuur en geschiedenis aangeboden aan Tom Eijsbouts (pp. 245-259). The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press. [details]
    • Mathis, J. H. (2011). From the board: Preferential trade agreements: the WTO speaks... again. Legal Issues of Economic Integration, 38(4), 291-295. [details]


    • Mathis, J. H. (2010). From the board: The Great Recession and protectionism. Legal Issues of Economic Integration, 37(2), 105-109. [details]


    • Mathis, J. H. (2008). Balancing and proportionality in US commerce clause cases. Legal Issues of Economic Integration, 35(3), 273-282. [details]
    • Mathis, J. H., & Dawar, K. (2008). Is there potential for competition policy in the ECOWAS ? New York: UNCTAD. [details]



    • Mathis, J. H., & Breaton, J. (2011). Regional trade agreements and the WTO: implications for Eastern and Southern Africa. In T. Hartzenberg (Ed.), Cape to Cairo: making the Tripartite Free Trade Area work (pp. 24-82). Stellenbosch: Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa [etc.]. [details]


    • Mathis, J. H. (2009). The WTO Brazil-Tyres case and GATT article XXIV: one more step to a legal regime? In N. Lavranos (Ed.), Multilevel judicial governance between global and regional economic integration systems: institutional and substantive aspects (pp. 23-32). (EUI working papers. Max Weber Programme; No. 2009/41). San Domenico di Fiesole (FI): European University Institute. [details]
    • Mathis, J. H. (2009). [Review of: L. Nielsen (2007) The WTO, animals and PPMs]. Legal Issues of Economic Integration, 36(2), 185-189. [details]


    • Mathis, J. H. (2008). The WTO Doha Round and regionalism. Legal Issues of Economic Integration, 35(4), 297-300. [details]
    • Mathis, J., & Dawar, K. (2008). Qualified Market Access: final report [for the European Commission, DG-Trade]: Legal analysis’ section. Sussex: University of Sussex. [details]
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