Development at the WTO
Oxford University Press, 2012
Posted: 20 May 2012 Last revised: 27 May 2012
Date Written: February 1, 2012
This book presents original paths for reconsidering the trade and development relationship at the World Trade Organization taking into account both the heritage of the trade regime and present dynamics. It presents a detailed legal analysis of WTO law relating to development, considering both specific trade rules and institutional features of the WTO. These aspects will be most useful to delegates, practitioners, administrators and adjudicators involved with WTO law and policy.
As a forward-looking matter, the book presents a menu of options towards a more functional balance of trade liberalization and the development imperatives of many WTO members. This includes reconsidering the role of special and differential treatment (the set of exceptions specifically aimed at developing members), proposing new decision-making and representation mechanisms that could enhance developing member participation (about 75 percent of the membership), and offering new approaches to negotiations.
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