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

18 Pages Posted: 29 Feb 2008 Last revised: 25 Oct 2012

See all articles by Joost Pauwelyn

Joost Pauwelyn

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

Multiple version iconThere are 2 versions of this paper

Date Written: June 1, 2005

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 reform, globalization, protectionism, coherence in international law

Suggested Citation

Pauwelyn, Joost, The Sutherland Report: A Missed Opportunity for Genuine Debate on Trade, Globalization and Reforming the WTO (June 1, 2005). Journal of International Economic Law, Vol. 8, Issue 2, pp. 329-346, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=915574

Joost Pauwelyn (Contact Author)

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) ( email )

PO Box 136
Geneva, Geneva CH-1211
Switzerland

HOME PAGE: http://graduateinstitute.ch

Georgetown University Law Centre ( email )

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
147
Abstract Views
1,130
rank
59,938
PlumX Metrics