Consensus Decision-Making and Democratic Discourse in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1947 and World Trade Organisation

Claerwen O'Hara, 'Consensus Decision-Making and Democratic Discourse in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1947 and World Trade Organisation' (2021) 9 London Review of International Law: https://academic.oup.com/lril/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/lril/lrab004/6298538?redirectedFrom=fu

34 Pages Posted: 24 May 2021 Last revised: 21 Jul 2021

Date Written: June 14, 2021

Abstract

This paper provides a genealogy of consensus decision-making and democratic discourse in the multilateral trade regime. It argues that the contemporary link between the World Trade Organisation’s consensus procedure and ideas of ‘international democracy’ has its roots in a struggle that took place over the international economic order in the 1960s and 1970s.

Note: An earlier version of this article was presented at EJIL’s30th Anniversary Symposium: International Law and Democracy Revisited.

Keywords: Consensus Decision-Making, World Trade Organisation, Discourse, Democracy, Genealogy

Suggested Citation

O'Hara, Claerwen, Consensus Decision-Making and Democratic Discourse in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1947 and World Trade Organisation (June 14, 2021). Claerwen O'Hara, 'Consensus Decision-Making and Democratic Discourse in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1947 and World Trade Organisation' (2021) 9 London Review of International Law: https://academic.oup.com/lril/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/lril/lrab004/6298538?redirectedFrom=fu, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3851102 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3851102

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