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The 1994 agreement establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO) regulates over 95% of world trade amongst 148 member countries. The November 2001 Declaration of the Fourth Ministerial Conference of the WTO in Doha, Quatar, has launched the Doha Development Round of multilateral trade negotiations in the WTo on 21 topics aimed at far-reaching reforms of the world trading system. On August 1st 2004, the WTO General Council reached agreement on a detailed Doha Work program with the aim of concluding negotiations in 2006.

This volume provides discussion and policy recommendations by leading WTO negotiators and policy-makers, and analysis by leading economists, political scientists and trade lawyers on the major subjects of the Doha Round negotiations. Over 30 contributors explore the complexity of the world trading system and of the WTO negotiations for its reform from diverse political, economic and legal perspectives.

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This volume provides discussion and policy recommendations by leading WTO negotiators and policy-makers, and analysis by leading economists, political scientists and trade lawyers on the major subjects of the Doha Round negotiations. Over 30 contributors explore the complexity of the world trading system and of the WTO negotiations for its reform from diverse political, economic and legal perspectives.

About the Author

Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann is Professor of Law at the European University Institute, Florence.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Carlo Trojan

Notes on Contributors

List of Abbreviations

I WTO Negotiators and Academics Analyze the Doha Development Round of the WTO

Overview and Summary of the Book, Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann

II The Doha Development Round and the Future of the WTO: Policy Proposals

1. The Doha Development Agenda: Political Challenges to the World Trading System - A Cosmopolitan Perspective, Peter Sutherland

2. A Development Perspective on the WTO July 2004 General Council Decision, Faizel Ismael

3. Cordell Hull, the Reciprocal Trade Agreement Act and the WTO, Kenneth W. Dam

III Building-Blocks for Concluding the Doha Round Negotiations on Agriculture

4. How to Forge a Compromise in the Agricultural Negotiations?, Stefan Tangermann

5. The Agricultural Negotiations: The Road from Doha and How to Keep the Negotiations on a Positive Track, Stuart Harbinson

6. Strategic Use of WTO Dispute Settlement Proceedings for Advancing WTO Negotiations on Agricultural Subsidies, Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann

IV The Doha Round Negotiations on Services Trade

7. Developing Country Proposals for the Liberalization of Movements of Natural Service Suppliers, L. Alan Winters

8. Navigating Between the Poles: Unpacking the Debate on the Implications for Development of GATS Obligations Relating to Health and Education Services, J. Anthony VanDuzer

9. Negotiations on Domestic Regulation and Trade in Services (Article VI GATS): A Legal Analysis of Selected Current Issues, Joel P. Trachtman

V Less-Developed WTO Members in the Doha Round Negotiations

10. Operationalizing the Concept of Policy Space in the WTO: Beyond Special and Differential Treatment of Developing Countries, Bernard Hoekman

11. Can WTO Technical Assistance and Capacity-Building Serve Developing Countries?, Gregory Shaffer

12. Developing Countries Interests and Negotiation Positions on Protection of Geographical Indications and Traditional Knowledge, Marion Panizzon and Thomas Cottier

VI Are WTO Rules Adequately Protecting Consumer Welfare?

13. Come Together? Producer Welfare, Consumer Welfare and WTO Rules, Petros Mavroidis

14. Non-Discrimination, Welfare Balances and WTO Rules: An Historical Perspective, Patrick Messerlin

15. Is There a Need for Additional WTO Competition Rules Promoting Non-Discriminatory Competition Laws and Competition Institutions in WTO Members?, François Souty

16. Are the Competition Rules in the WTO TRIPS Agreement Adequate?, Frederick M. Abbott

17. Investment and the Doha Development Agenda, Bijit Bora and E..M.Graham

VII Challenges to the Political Legitimacy of the WTO System

18. The "Human Rights Approach to International Trade" Advocated by UN Human Rights Bodies and by the International Labour Organization: Is it Relevant for WTO Law and Policy?, Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann

19. Parliamentary Oversight of WTO Rule-Making: The Political, Normative and Practical Contexts, Gregory Shaffer

20. How Can Parliamentary Participation in WTO Rule-Making and Democratic Control Be Made More Effective in the WTO? A United States Congressional Perspective, David Skaggs

21. How Can Parliamentary Participation in WTO Rule-Making and Democratic Control Be Made More Effective? The European Context, Meinhard Hilf

22. A Parliamentary Dimension to the WTO - More than Just a Vision?, Erika Mann

23. A Few Thoughts on Legitimacy, Democracy and the WTO, James Bacchus

24. The WTO and Cosmopolitics, Steve Charnovitz

25. Transparency, Public Debate and Participaton by NGOs in the WTO: A WTO Perspective, Julio A. Lacarte

VIII WTO Decision-Making Procedures, 'Member-Driven' Rule-Making and WTO Consensus Practices: Are They Adequate?

26. Improving the Capacity of WTO Institutions to Fulfil their Mandate, Richard Blackhurst and David Hartridge

27. Chairing a WTO Negotiation, John S. Odell

28. Are WTO Decision-Making Procedures Adequate for Making, Revising and Implementing Worldwide and 'Plurilateral' Rules?, Claus-Dieter Ehlermann and Lothar Ehring

29. Is There a Need for Restructuring the Collaboration Among the WTO and UN Specialized Agencies so as to Harness their Complementarities?, Gary Sampson

30. Can the WTO Dispute Settlement System Deal with Competition Disputes?, Claus-Dieter Ehlermann and Lothar Ehring

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199282630
Editor:
Petersmann, Ernst-Ulrich
With:
Harrison, James
With:
Harrison, James
Editor:
Petersmann, Ernst-Ulrich
Author:
Harrison, James
Author:
null, Ernst-Ulrich
Author:
null, James
Author:
Petersmann, Ernst-Ulrich
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Subject:
International
Subject:
World trade organization
Subject:
Law | International Law | International Economic Law
Subject:
Law | Public International Law | WTO and International Trade
Subject:
Law : General
Series:
International Economic Law Series
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
590
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.1 x 1.3 in 1.969 lb

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