The Institutionalisation of Free Trade and Empire: A Study of the 1902 Brussels Convention
(2014) 2:1 London Review of International Law 49–76
28 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2014
Date Written: February 1, 2014
The 1902 Brussels Convention, which discouraged sugar-production subsidies through countervailing duties, created what was arguably the first modern multilateral trade institution. This treaty not only defined the concept of free trade but also reconfigured the political structure of the British Empire. Thus we see how free trade was interlaced with imperialism.
Keywords: International Law, International Institutions, International Trade, Imperialism
JEL Classification: K33, N50, N54, N56, O19, O13, Q17, F13
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