Global Standard-Setting 2.0: How the WTO Spotlights ISO and Impacts the Transnational Standard-Setting Process

28 Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law (2018)

Tilburg Law School Research Paper No. 2018-11

55 Pages Posted: 14 May 2018

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Panagiotis Delimatsis

Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC); Tilburg Law School

Date Written: April 19, 2018

Abstract

Transnational technical standard-setting has grown in prominence in recent years. The World Trade Organization (WTO) requires the use of international standards but adopts a deferential approach towards international standards. However, practice shows that several international standards are promulgated through opaque and exclusionary processes. In line with this observation, in its recent US—Tuna II ruling, the Appellate Body adopted a more critical stance regarding international standards and the processes that lead to their adoption. Against this backdrop, this article focuses on an analysis of the properties and mechanics of international standard-setting processes within the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), discussing procedural and substantive guarantees regarding transparency, openness, deliberation and participation. As the WTO becomes the de facto arbiter of the legitimacy of international standards, much needed institutional reform in international standard-setting is bound to occur. Arguably, this is bringing a paradigm shift in standardization practices and introduces “global standard-setting 2.0.” Such trend is in line with emerging demands for a more inclusive global legal order.

Keywords: International Organization for Standardization (ISO); World Trade Organization (WTO); Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT); US - Tuna II; transnational law; transnational private regulation; TBT Committee Decision; international standards; international standard-setting

JEL Classification: D82, F02, F13, F23, F53, F68, K33, L15

Suggested Citation

Delimatsis, Panagiotis, Global Standard-Setting 2.0: How the WTO Spotlights ISO and Impacts the Transnational Standard-Setting Process (April 19, 2018). 28 Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law (2018) ; Tilburg Law School Research Paper No. 2018-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3178133

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