The Asean Free Trade Area (AFTA) and its Compatibility with GATT/WTO

ASIAN YEARBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, B.S. Chimni, et. al., eds., pp. 37-58, 2003

22 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2009 Last revised: 9 Apr 2017

Date Written: October 26, 2009

Abstract

In this paper attention is primarily focused on the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and, more specifically, on the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA), which symbolises the recent response of the Southeast Asian countries to other, more advanced, instances of regional economic integration, and to the globalisation process.

AFTA represents a challenge also for ASEAN after the unsuccessful programmes for the expansion of trade amongst ASEAN economies prior to the formation of the free-trade area. It therefore seems important, after a basic description of what AFTA actually is and an explanation of what it does entail, to determine its place within the multilateral trading system and, in particular, its compliance with the rules of GATT/WTO.

Keywords: WTO Law, Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs), Free Trade Areas, ASEAN

JEL Classification: F15

Suggested Citation

Fabbricotti, Alberta, The Asean Free Trade Area (AFTA) and its Compatibility with GATT/WTO (October 26, 2009). ASIAN YEARBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, B.S. Chimni, et. al., eds., pp. 37-58, 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1494550

Alberta Fabbricotti (Contact Author)

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