A Development-Driven Post WTO World

15 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2019 Last revised: 5 Aug 2019

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Sonia E. Rolland

Northeastern University - School of Law

David M. Trubek

University of Wisconsin Law School

Date Written: July 9, 2019


This paper argues that overcoming the current disintegration of international economic relations would require a pluralist world order. By this, we mean a world order where economic integration and interdependence commands some common normative and institutional features, but not through a unitarian project as the WTO had envisioned. The international economic law system has always included some pluralism. The WTO attempted to bring in a more unified system and succeeded to some extent, but also generated a significant measure of discontent in the process. De facto pluralism has now taken hold in many ways, both in trade and investment law. While the WTO is viewing such developments with some angst, we argue that pluralism creates opportunities to preserve a law-based international economic law system. However, a stable and fair pluralist system would require architectural coherence and a legitimate normative bedrock. This paper explores what forms pluralism could take, institutionally and normatively.

Suggested Citation

Rolland, Sonia Elise and Trubek, David M., A Development-Driven Post WTO World (July 9, 2019). Tufts: Paradise Lost or Found? The Post-WTO International Legal Order (Utopian & Dystopian Possibilities), Fletcher School, Tufts University, Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1482, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3417184 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3417184

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