Bind Rationale to Need: Operationalizing Special & Differential Treatment in the WTO
(2010) 103 American Society of International Law Proceedings 429-432.
5 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2015
Date Written: March 25, 2009
In operationalizing special and differential treatment, WTO Members must eschew the superficial attraction of independent bodies engaging in objective analysis to resolve individual disputes or issues in the future. Members must also refrain from repeating the mistakes of the past, simply agreeing to hollow words rather than meaningful distinctions. Members themselves need to agree on measurable criteria for granting special and differential treatment under specific WTO provisions (whether existing or new). This will require substantial economic analysis regarding trade liberalization and development in the context of individual provisions.
Keywords: WTO, special treatment, differential treatment
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation