The Sutherland Report: A Missed Opportunity for Genuine Debate on Trade, Globalization and Reforming the WTO

Journal of International and Economic Law, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 329-346, June 2005

Duke Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 68

19 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2005

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Joost Pauwelyn

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID); Georgetown University Law Centre

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Abstract

In January 2005, at the 10th anniversary of the organization, the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued the long-awaited high-level panel report on The Future of the WTO. This essay explains why the so-called Sutherland Report, named after one of its authors, is likely to be regarded by history as a missed opportunity. The report was written by insiders, focuses on insider problems and offers what are essentially insider-based solutions. The essay addresses two specific foundational problems skirted in the Sutherland report: (i) the WTO's protectionist/producer bias and (ii) the question of coordination and coherence with other international organizations. It also offers an alternative diagnosis of the world trade system and suggests a novel paradigm to assess WTO reform proposals. Finally, some of the proposals in the Sutherland report are examined in light of this novel paradigm.

Keywords: WTO, Sutherland Report, world trade

Suggested Citation

Pauwelyn, Joost, The Sutherland Report: A Missed Opportunity for Genuine Debate on Trade, Globalization and Reforming the WTO. Journal of International and Economic Law, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 329-346, June 2005, Duke Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 68, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=774149

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