The Courts of International Trade

Judicial Specialization, Expertise, and Bureaucratic Policymaking
Isaac Unah
Focuses on the Court of International Trade to illuminate the important role of specialized courts in critical areas of law


In the United States cases involving the interpretation of laws dealing with international trade are heard by a specialized court, the Court of International Trade, and on appeal by a specialized appellate court, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In a groundbreaking study, Isaac Unah studies these courts to explore the way specialized courts work and how they fit into the federal court system. We know little about why specialized courts are created and how their role in interpreting law might differ from the role played by the courts of general jurisdiction. These courts play an important role in regulating agencies that affect many aspects of our lives, including the Internal Revenue Service, the Patent Office, and agencies that administer trade laws. The author considers the way these courts relate to the work of the agencies whose cases must always come to these courts. And he offers fresh insights into the differences between specialized courts and courts of general jurisdiction.

This book will be of interest to scholars studying the judiciary, bureaucracies, and international trade law and administration.

Isaac Unah is Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina.

Praise / Awards

  • ". . . raises interesting empirical and normative questions about the nature of judicial review by a specialized judiciary and will surely generate further research on the relationship between specialized courts and the bureaucracy. Because the book represents an extended foray into rarely explored territory and substantially expands our knowledge of the specialized judiciary, Unah has made a significant contribution to the literature."
    —Stefanie A. Lindquist, University of Georgia, American Political Science Review, Volume 96: No. 1 (March 2002)
  • "Isaac Unah has written a book that straddles, and offers insights into, three otherwise disparate areas of American politics: bureaucratic behavior, international trade policy, and judicial decision making. In so doing, he offers something for nearly everyone."
    —Christopher Zorn, Emory University, Law and Politics Book Review, March 1999

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Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 216pp.
  • 4 drawings, 25 tables.
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  • Hardcover
  • 1998
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-10922-7

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  • $89.95 U.S.