Les Groupements et Coalitions d'États à l'OMC: la Recherche d'un Cadre Juridique (State Groupings and Coalitions at the WTO: In Search of a Legal Framework)
Sonia E. Rolland
Northeastern University - School of Law; Georgetown University Law Center
March 30, 2012
Book Chapter in "L’OMC ET LES SUJETS DE DROIT", Thierry Garcia & Vincent Tomkiewicz, eds., Brussels, Bruylant, 2011
Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 85-2012
With a multipolar international system and a membership ranging from micro-states to superpowers, the WTO is faced with many challenges in ensuring adequate representation and participation of its members. Coalitions have been one tool that small and poor countries have used to increase their power and participation. Such coalitions are beginning to change the organization’s dynamics. This Chapter in French assesses the impact of the WTO’s legal structure on coalition building and offers some suggestions for reform. If smaller or poorer developing countries are to participate more fully in multilateral trade negotiations and if this can better be done through alliances, the organization will have to adapt its law and practice to become more coalition-friendly or risk further marginalizing a large part of its membership.
Keywords: WTO, Development, developing countries, coalitions, groupings, institutions
Date posted: April 4, 2012 ; Last revised: August 23, 2012
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