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Universal Service in WTO and EU law

Liberalisation and Social Regulation in Telecommunications


Part of the Legal Issues of Services of General Interest book series (LEGAL)

About this book


This book is a systematic comparative study of WTO and EU law relevant for universal service provision, and a timely contribution to the ongoing scholarly and policy debates about the concept and scope of universal service.

Universal service is one of the most significant regulatory issues worldwide and it is likely to remain so. The central question dealt with by the author is how the technologically intensive sector of telecommunications services can be regulated in a socially fair way in the light of liberalisation and the immense importance of ICTs in the Information Society. The author investigates whether the legal frameworks of WTO and EU can meet the challenges of the rapid and dramatic technological and social change and formulates relevant policy recommendations.

The book is of interest to both scholars and practitioners in several disciplines, such as EU and WTO law, telecommunications law and regulation, political science regarding market regulation and governance as well as European integration and WTO.


Olga Batura is affiliated to the Leuphana Law School, University of Lüneburg, Germany, and to the European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithania.


Liberalisation Social Embeddedness Telecommunications Law Universal Service WTO and EU Law

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Leuphana Law SchoolLeuphana University of LüneburgLüneburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Universal Service in WTO and EU law
  • Book Subtitle Liberalisation and Social Regulation in Telecommunications
  • Authors Olga Batura
  • Series Title Legal Issues of Services of General Interest
  • Series Abbreviated Title Legal Issues of Services
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information T.M.C. Asser Press and the author 2016
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-6265-080-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-6265-081-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 300
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics IT Law, Media Law, Intellectual Property
    European Law
    Communication Studies
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