The Interpretation of GATS Disciplines on Economic Integration: GATS Commitments as a Threshold?

Journal of World Trade 46, no. 2 (2012): 397–438

42 Pages Posted: 2 May 2012 Last revised: 6 Aug 2013

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Heng Wang

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: April 2, 2012

Abstract

The interpretation of GATS Article V, which deals with economic integration, is of crucial importance to the growing number of economic integration agreements (EIAs) in services, in terms of dispute settlement, services negotiations, the WTO review of EIAs, the coordination between multilateralism and EIAs, and best practices in drawing up EIAs. However, the Article has received insufficient study and remains vague.This paper takes China’s eight EIAs as test cases for interpreting GATS Article V and argues that GATS commitments may be an appropriate threshold for interpreting the Article, in particular the substantial sectoral coverage and elimination of discrimination requirements, which are probably among the major challenges.

Keywords: Services trade,economic integration, FTAs, CEPAs, GATS

Suggested Citation

Wang, Heng, The Interpretation of GATS Disciplines on Economic Integration: GATS Commitments as a Threshold? (April 2, 2012). Journal of World Trade 46, no. 2 (2012): 397–438. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2049238

Heng Wang (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia
+61 2 9385 9472 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.unsw.edu.au/profile/heng-wang

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