Conceiving Utopian and Dystopian Post-WTO Regimes and Environments: Methods, Theories and Approaches

9 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2018

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Colin B. Picker

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong

Date Written: December 13, 2018

Abstract

In 2019 there will be a series of workshops to explore potential post-WTO scenarios. The workshops series is entitled “Paradise Lost or Found? The Post-WTO International “Legal” Order (Utopian and Dystopian Possibilities)”. The workshops will be held at the University of Tokyo (9 – 10 Jan. 2019), The Fletcher School, Tufts University (26-27 July 2019) and at Kings College London (18-19 October 2019).

The workshops will employ the at-present fictional assumptions that the WTO either stagnates into the foreseeable future or falls apart completely. While neither is desirable, it must also be conceded that neither is inconceivable. There is, however, great value in IEL academics engaging in the thought exercises associated with these assumptions. Accordingly, more than sixty leading IEL academics from around the world that will be involved in this project exploring the many different possibilities – utopian and dystopian.

This concept paper will present some of the issues and approaches that could be considered by those and other scholars when imagining utopian and dystopian WTO successor regimes. Methodological, theoretical and structural approaches will be explored and presented as guidance for those scholars. After the workshops this concept paper will be further developed to reflect the methodological, theoretical and other approaches presented and explored at the three workshops.

Keywords: WTO, Trade, methodology

JEL Classification: K

Suggested Citation

Picker, Colin, Conceiving Utopian and Dystopian Post-WTO Regimes and Environments: Methods, Theories and Approaches (December 13, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3300515 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3300515

Colin Picker (Contact Author)

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong ( email )

Wollongong
Australia

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