Developing Countries and International Competition Law and Policy

Kathryn McMahon

University of Warwick - School of Law

December 14, 2009

Warwick School of Law Research Paper No. 2009/11

The breakdown in the negotiations for the adoption of multilateral competition rules through the WTO in 2003 is most commonly attributed to the opposition voiced by developing and least-developed countries who were suspicious of attempts to facilitate market access and permit possible interference with their domestic industrial policy. It is not always evident however that such a regime would have been counter to their interests. Greater efforts to co-ordinate the detection and elimination of global cartels, for example, would have been highly beneficial to developing countries where these cartels have a disproportionate impact. This paper will examine some of these issues within the context of the utility of global and domestic competition law and policy for developing and least-developed countries. While developing countries may have been right to question the overall benefits of a multilateral scheme, the enactment of a domestic competition law, which is mindful of the contextual issues at stake in these economies, may make an important contribution to economic development.

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Keywords: Competition Law, multilateral competition rules, developing countries, economic development

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Date posted: December 17, 2009  

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McMahon, Kathryn, Developing Countries and International Competition Law and Policy (December 14, 2009). Warwick School of Law Research Paper No. 2009/11. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1523143 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1523143

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