Stakeholder Preferences and Priorities for the Next WTO Director General

50 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2020

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Matteo Fiorini

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Bernard Hoekman

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies; European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Petros C. Mavroidis

Columbia University - Law School; European University Institute - Department of Law (LAW); European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Douglas Nelson

Tulane University - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 2020

Abstract

The WTO is looking for a new Director-General (DG). What does the trade community think is needed? This paper reports on the results of an expert survey undertaken as part of a research project on global trade governance at the European University Institute to solicit views on what WTO members and the international trade community consider the most important attributes of candidates for the position, as well as views on the substantive policy and institutional reform priorities confronting the WTO – and thus the new DG. The results suggest strong support for someone with managerial and political experience, and a professional network that spans international organizations, major capitals, and international business. African respondents assign the highest priority to regional diversity. Resolving the dispute settlement crisis is the highest priority for most respondents; launching discussions on new issues obtains the least support. There is broad agreement on the importance of addressing a range of negotiating topics and institutional reforms, but substantial variation in the rankings assigned by different groups of respondents to specific issues.

Keywords: WTO; governance; international organizations; leadership attributes; stakeholder preferences

Suggested Citation

Fiorini, Matteo and Hoekman, Bernard and Mavroidis, Petros C. and Nelson, Douglas R., Stakeholder Preferences and Priorities for the Next WTO Director General (July 2020). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2020/43, EUI Department of Law Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3688113 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3688113

Matteo Fiorini (Contact Author)

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Bernard Hoekman

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies ( email )

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European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Petros C. Mavroidis

Columbia University - Law School ( email )

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European University Institute - Department of Law (LAW) ( email )

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European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

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Florence, Florence 50014
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Douglas R. Nelson

Tulane University - Department of Economics ( email )

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United States

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