South Centre Downloads Library

South Centre is a Swiss based IGO think tank that focuses on trade, development, and sustainability from the point of view of developing countries. Thay make their books and reports available online for free. Click on Publications and then “Downloads Libray.” Over 300 reports in English and 150 in Spanish and French are available.  

South Centre

WTO’s new Regional Trade Agreements Information System

The World Trade Organization has released a new database of bilateral and regional trade agreements. The site provides full-text for most of the agreements , as well as the legal authority for the agreements under the GATT articles.  The database is researchable by country, date or topic. Many thanks to the WTO for offering this useful treaty research tool. 

WTO Regional Trade Agreements Information System (RTA-IS)

New Journal: Hague Journal on the Rule of Law

T.M.C. Asser Press and Cambridge Journals will debut the following journal in early 2009: Hague Journal on the Rule of Law.  Editorial board includes Julio Faundez, Randy Peerenboom, Sam Fuller, and Ronald Janse.

Hague Journal on the Rule of Law

From the Journal description:

An exciting new journal which provides a timely forum for the rapidly-expanding field of the rule of law, encapsulating cutting-edge study from all related disciplines. This unique focal point for the exchange of views between academics and practitioners gives focus to the promotion of the rule of law on both the national and international stage.


The journal aims to deepen and broaden the knowledge of the rule of law and its relation to economic growth, poverty reduction, promotion of democracy, protection of human rights and geopolitical stability. The journal invites and will publish academic articles, practitioner reports and commentary, book reviews and special volumes on major developments and themes in the rule of law field.

Article on Regional Financial Institutions in Latin America

The Americas Program Web site posted a useful article on development banks and financial institutions in Latin America. . It discusses current institutions, as well as those planned for the future, such as the Bank of the South. The article is available in English and Spanish.

An Introduction to Regional Financial Institutions in Latin America. By Eduardo Gudynas.

Una introducción a las IFRs: instituciones financieras regionales en América Latina.