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Book Review: Women and Politics in Iran – Veiling, Unveiling, and Reveiling

Author: Hamideh Sedghi Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 341 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram The World Economic Forum of 2018 ranked the Islamic Republic of Iran almost at the bottom – No. 140 among 145 countries surveyed – in its Global Gender Gap covering four key areas:  health, education, economy and politics to gauge the state of gender equality in a country. The nations ranking below Iran were: Mali, Chad, Syria, Pakistan, and Yemen. This report essentially measures women’s disadvantage compared to men. The four highest-ranking countries – Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland – have closed over 82...

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Book Review: Cambridge Economic History of Latin America, Volumes I and II

Volume 1 – The Colonial Era and the Short Nineteenth Century – 607 pages Volume II – The Long Twentieth Century – 755 pages Editors: Victor Bulmer-Thomas, John H. Coatsworth and Roberto Cortes Conde Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 1,362 total pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram This is the description of this book (Volumes I and II) on the first page: “The Cambridge Economic History of Latin America provides access to the current stage of expert knowledge about Latin America’s economic past from the Spanish conquest to the beginning of the twenty-first century. It includes work from diverse...

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Book Review: WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures – A Commentary

Author: Wolfgang Muller Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 736 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram On the back cover of this book, there is this helpful note about its usefulness: “Panels and the WTO Appellate Body have rendered a large number of complex and lengthy rulings on the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (known in short as ASCM). The reasoning behind these rulings is often intimately linked to the underlying facts of a particular  case and the methods of litigation adopted by the parties.” “Without guidance, it is difficult to find and research a specific subsidy issue...

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Book Review: Resolving Transfer-Pricing Disputes – A Global Perspective

Editors: Eduardo Baistrocchi and Ian Roxan Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 924 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram Transfer pricing is currently the most challenging issue in international taxation for multinational companies and tax administrators, and it has been so since the beginning of the twenty-first  century, particularly as these companies have sought not only tax havens, but also where the cost of manufacturing is usually lower than in the developed world, such as in developing countries. Transfer pricing occurs when for example, a multinational company transfers the ownership of assets from itself to a branch in another country...

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Book Review: The Law and Business of International Project Finance, 3rd edition

Author: Scott L. Hoffman Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 474 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram A detailed table of contents spanning 37 pages for this book, makes it easier for business people, and particularly lawyers, to search for topics they are concerned about in a pending litigation matter or an  agreement they may be signing soon. Within that list are 33 chapters, too numerous to name in this book review. But here are the ten Parts that constitute this book that we provide you as an overview of what you will find in it: Part I – An...

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