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Harmonization of International Legal Structure for Fostering Professional Services: Lessons from Early U.S. Federal-State Relations

51 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2009 Last revised: 26 Sep 2011

Amar Gupta

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Deth Sao

Pace University

Date Written: September 11, 2009

Abstract

In the current global marketplace, liberalization of trade in professional services (“services”) presents one of the biggest challenges and profitable opportunities for the international community. Changes in technology and state privatization polices over the past half century have made services the fastest growing sector in international trade. Despite such a transformation, the potential for further innovation and expansion in the services industries is in jeopardy. In response to public policy and regulatory concerns and political pressures to protect domestic jobs and industries, states have adopted a plethora of state-initiated discriminatory and restrictive policies against trade in services. Because existing international legal mechanisms are ill-equipped to resolve these issues, this paper proposes the formation of a unified international legal structure for services as a solution. In advancing this proposal, this paper examines the evolution of United States federalism and its impact on trade liberalization among states and the European Community’s Trademark regime to demonstrate that a harmonized legal system is the optimal framework for responding to changes in the economy and technology - challenges similar to those currently faced by services trade liberalization.

Keywords: harmonization of professional services trade, United States Federalism, supranational layer, international trade agreements, preferential trade agreements, World Trade Organization (WTO), North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), European Community Trademark Regime, Intellectual Property, World I

Suggested Citation

Gupta, Amar and Sao, Deth, Harmonization of International Legal Structure for Fostering Professional Services: Lessons from Early U.S. Federal-State Relations (September 11, 2009). Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law (JICL), Vol. 18, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1471701

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Deth Sao

Pace University ( email )

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