WTO Reform: Will There Be a Third Option Other than a U.S. Withdrawal and a China Expulsion?

Asian Journal of WTO & International Health Law and Policy, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 359-404, September 2019

46 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2019

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Qingjiang Kong

Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law

Shuai Guo

China University of Political Science and Law

Date Written: September 27, 2019

Abstract

With an aim to solve the recent crisis of the World Trade Organization (hereinafter “WTO”), this paper examines the present proposals, especially with regards to a United States withdrawal solution and a China expulsion solution. It concludes that neither of these proposals is sufficient nor feasible for solving the problem. Therefore, this paper advocates five principles for the future WTO reform: first, reform should follow a neutral reform agenda; second, the existing WTO rules should be fully taken advantage of; third, reform should prioritize the way out of the Appellate Body impasse; fourth, the Doha Round should continue to be accomplished; and fifth, new multilateral rules should be formulated to keep the WTO relevant.

Keywords: WTO Reform, neutral reform agenda, existing WTO rules, Appellate Body, impasse, Doha Round

Suggested Citation

Kong, Qingjiang and Guo, Shuai, WTO Reform: Will There Be a Third Option Other than a U.S. Withdrawal and a China Expulsion? (September 27, 2019). Asian Journal of WTO & International Health Law and Policy, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 359-404, September 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3460498

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