GATT Art XIV: Exceptions to the Rule of Non-Discrimination

MAX PLANCK COMMENTARIES ON WORLD TRADE LAW, Vol. 5, RĂ¼diger Wolfrum, Peter-Tobias Stoll, eds., Koninklijke Brill NV, 2009

Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 1507246

9 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2009 Last revised: 30 Jul 2010

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Andrew D. Mitchell

University of Melbourne - Law School

Elizabeth Sheargold

University of Wollongong

Date Written: July 29, 2010

Abstract

This is a commentary on GATT Article XIV: Exceptions to the Rule of Non-Discrimination. Article XIV is a complement to Article XII (Restrictions to Safeguard the Balance of Payments) and Sec. B of Article XVIII (Governmental Assistance to Economic Development) GATT, both of which allow trade restrictions to be used for balance of payments reasons. Under each of these articles, any quantitative restrictions imposed must be implemented on a non-discriminatory basis (Art. XIII). Article XIV:1, 2 and 3 provide narrow exceptions to the non-discrimination rule in Article XIII. Article XIV:4 and 5 provide that Members shall not be precluded by Articles XI to XV inclusive or by Sec. B of Article XVIII from applying certain kinds of measures. The purpose of the article is to give the reader a comprehensive and concise insight into the meaning of GATT Article XIV.

Keywords: GATT Article XIV, Exceptions to the Rule of Non-discrimination, Trade Restrictions for Balance of Payments (BOP) Reasons, The WTO and the IMF

JEL Classification: F13, F33

Suggested Citation

Mitchell, Andrew D. and Sheargold, Elizabeth, GATT Art XIV: Exceptions to the Rule of Non-Discrimination (July 29, 2010). MAX PLANCK COMMENTARIES ON WORLD TRADE LAW, Vol. 5, RĂ¼diger Wolfrum, Peter-Tobias Stoll, eds., Koninklijke Brill NV, 2009; Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 1507246. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1507246

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