Editorial Comment: Adding Sweeteners to Softwood Lumber: the Wto-Nafta 'Spaghetti Bowl' is Cooking

Posted: 29 Feb 2008 Last revised: 25 Oct 2012

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Joost Pauwelyn

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

Abstract

With the Doha round in trouble, the so-called “spaghetti bowl” of multilateral trade rules and proliferating regional trade deals is, once again, prominently on the radar screen of the international trade community. Perfect examples of this image are the longstanding US-Canada softwood lumber and US-Mexico sweetener disputes. Both trade spats, extensively litigated in NAFTA and the WTO, are close to reaching a climax. Fueling the suspense is that the WTO and NAFTA may reach different results.

Keywords: WTO, international trade, investor-state arbitration, overlapping treaties, forum shopping, Mexico soft drinks, Canada lumber

Suggested Citation

Pauwelyn, Joost, Editorial Comment: Adding Sweeteners to Softwood Lumber: the Wto-Nafta 'Spaghetti Bowl' is Cooking. Journal of International Economic Law, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 197-206, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=915611

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