Bridging the Gap in the Doha Talks: A Look at Services Trade

INTERNATIONAL LAW AND TRADE: BRIDGING THE EAST-WEST DIVIDE, S. Kierkegaard, ed., International Association of IT Lawyers, 2007

11 Pages Posted: 18 May 2007 Last revised: 14 Jan 2014

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Rafael Leal-Arcas

Queen Mary University of London - School of Law

Abstract

Following the suspension of the World Trade Organization (WTO) multilateral trade negotiations in July 2006 - and its subsequent resumption in February 2007 - by WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, the world trading system must now find ways and means to integrate developing countries in the world trading system. Failing that could be perceived as a danger to the world order. This paper analyzes the legal and policy implications of the current Doha Round for the two main developed WTO Members, i.e., the United States and the European Community, and the most relevant developing countries of the WTO, such as India, Brazil, and China. The specific focus of attention will be mainly on services trade. Thoughts on alternative ways to move forward in the multilateral trading system are presented.

Keywords: Doha Round, services trade, liberalization, WTO, commitments

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Leal-Arcas, Rafael, Bridging the Gap in the Doha Talks: A Look at Services Trade. INTERNATIONAL LAW AND TRADE: BRIDGING THE EAST-WEST DIVIDE, S. Kierkegaard, ed., International Association of IT Lawyers, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=987252

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