Changing Faces of International Trade: Multilateralism to Regionalism
Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur, India
December 4, 2008
Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology (JICLT), Vol. 3, No. 4, p. 260, 2008
Regional trade agreements are an integral part of international trade, they operate alongside global multilateral agreements under the WTO, and they have increased significantly in number and prominence recently. The interface between regionalism and multilateralism is complex and evolving. This paper examines why the countries have preferred regional strategies over the multilateralism and an assessment has been made as to the systemic implications of this new interface. The legal solution for trade regionalism as provided in the law of GATT by virtue of Article XXIV has been dealt with. International trade development in North-South dimensions and the South-South integration has added to this interface. The trade developments in international law over the past half century have left us with the current multilateral status being extremely weak. For some time to come we can expect to see numerous bilateral, regional, and global responses from governments and MNCs.
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Keywords: multilateral agreements, WTO, regional agreement, RTA, free trade agreements, GATT, south integrationAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 5, 2008 ; Last revised: August 26, 2009
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