Pushing the Limits of Global Governance: Trading Rights, Censorship, and WTO Jurisprudence – A Commentary on the China-Publications Case
Julia Ya Qin
Wayne State University Law School
April 10, 2011
Chinese Journal of International Law, Vol. 10, 2011
For decades, China has maintained state import monopoly in cultural products. The opaque state-trading operations ensure a maximum level of flexibility and efficacy in the government censorship of imports. The WTO judiciary held in the China-Publications case that this practice is inconsistent with China’s trading rights commitments under its Accession Protocol and cannot be justified by the public morals exception of the GATT. To comply with the WTO ruling, China must restructure its censorship regime, which it apparently is not prepared to do. This article analyzes the implications of the WTO decision and provides a critical assessment of the new WTO jurisprudence regarding trading rights and the China Accession Protocol.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 62
Keywords: China, Censorship, Trading Rights, WTO Jurisprudence, Accession Protocol, Treaty Interpretation, Global Governance, Cultural Products, Public Morals, WTO Dispute Settlement, Appellate Body
JEL Classification: K33
Date posted: April 27, 2011
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