Eliminating Trade Remedies from the WTO: Lessons from Regional Trade Agreements
International & Comparative Law Quarterly, Vol. 59, No. 3, pp. 625-667, 2010
40 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2009 Last revised: 5 Aug 2010
Date Written: February 17, 2010
As the global financial crisis threatens to manifest in enhanced protectionism, the economic irrationality of dumping, countervailing, and global safeguard measures (so-called ‘trade remedies’) should be of increased concern to the Members of the World Trade Organization (‘WTO’). Long tolerated under the WTO agreements and perhaps a necessary evil to facilitate multilateral trade liberalisation, elimination of trade remedies is far from the agenda of WTO negotiators. However, a small number of regional trade agreements offer a model for reducing the use of trade remedies among WTO Members in the longer term, consistent with WTO rules and broader public international law.
Keywords: World Trade Organization, regional trade agreements, trade remedies, anti-dumping, countervailing measures, safeguards
JEL Classification: F02, F13, F33
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