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Law and Business Review of the Americas

Published/Hosted by School of Law, Southern Methodist University. ISSN: 1571-9537.

The Law and Business Review of the Americas was started in 1994 by Professors Joseph J. Norton, George A. Martinez and Jane L. Dolkart, and a Student Editorial staff comprised of four third-year students and four second-year law students. The first issue was published in January 1995. Currently, the journal works closely with its sister international law publication at the SMU School of Law, The International Lawyer. The Law and Business Review of the Americas is an interdisciplinary publication addressing the legal, business, economic, political, and social policy dimensions of the North American Free Trade Agreement, its implementation, its continuing evolution and expansion, and its overall impact on doing business in the Western Hemisphere. The journal is a quarterly publication, co-sponsored by the ABA Section of International Law and Practice, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (and its Law Institute of the Americas), with the SMU School of Business, the SMU Departments of Economics and Political Science, and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London). The journal addresses the legal, business, economic, political, and social dimensions of Western Hemispheric integration efforts (e.g. NAFTA, FTAA, MERCOSUR, etc.), their implementation, their future evolvement and expansion and their overall impact on doing business in the Americas. The journal combines practical and policy implications of these integration processes. As such, it covers not only matters of immediate concern and interest, but also matters respecting reform of legal, business, economic, political and social structures within the various countries in the Western Hemisphere. Subject matter concerning other regional integration efforts in the world and various other comparative topics in the international trade and investment areas are also addressed from time to time. Topics of particular concern to the journal include: (1) free trade, direct investment, licensing, finance, taxation, litigation and dispute resolution and organizational aspects of NAFTA and other specific integration efforts and their specific implementation; (2) subject matter involving economic, legal, political and social integration and reform effects in Latin and Central America and in the Caribbean Basin; and (3) FTAA implications. As a student-edited, scholarly journal dedicated to serving the informational needs of the global legal and business community, the NAFTA: Law and Business Review of the Americas will enhance the reputations of the American Bar Association, SMU School of Law, and the NAFTA Law Centre. The journal will achieve these goals by providing a forum in which academics, practitioners, policy makers, and students contribute to a continuing discussion of developments and controversies stemming from the evolution and expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement within the Western Hemisphere.

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