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Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk: Reviving Global Trade and Development after Doha

53 Pages Posted: 3 May 2014 Last revised: 5 May 2014

Stephen Park

University of Connecticut - School of Business

Date Written: March 20, 2013

Abstract

The collapse of the Doha “Development” Round of WTO trade negotiations marked the end of a decade of dashed hopes and recriminations. Drawing on the insights of international relations theory and comparative political institutionalism, this Article suggests that Doha’s demise can be attributed, at least in part, to the legal-discursive shortcomings of the international trading system — that is, a lack of means to identify, express, and reconcile competing normative claims of trade and development. As a means of addressing this defect and enhancing the effectiveness of the international trading system, this Article presents the concept of development rights as a descriptive and prescriptive framework for expressing ideas regarding the appropriate boundaries of international economic law in development-specific contexts. In contrast to existing doctrinal and normative explanations, this Article critically examines in a new light the access to essential medicines campaign during the Doha Round as a case study that illustrates the applications and limitations of development rights.

Suggested Citation

Park, Stephen, Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk: Reviving Global Trade and Development after Doha (March 20, 2013). Virginia Journal of International Law, Vol. 53, No. 2, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2430027

Stephen Park (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut - School of Business ( email )

Storrs, CT 06269
United States

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