Development at the WTO

Paperback | September 23, 2013

bySonia E. Rolland

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Seeking to open paths for reconsidering the trade and development relationship at the WTO, this book takes into account both the heritage of the trade regime and its present dynamics. It argues that the institutional processes for creating and implementing trade rules at the WTO and the actualregulatory outcomes are inseparable. A consideration of the WTO's development dimension must examine both jointly. It shows that the shortcomings of the Doha Development Round are in part due to a failure to assess trade rules as part of the legal processes and institutions that produced them. This book devotes significant analysis to the systemic impact of the WTO as an institution on developing and leastdeveloped members. From a pragmatic perspective, it provides a coherent and systematic analysis of the legal meaning, the implementation, and the adjudication of special and differential treatment rules for developing members. It then evaluates the different regulatory approaches to trade anddevelopment from a more theoretical perspective. The book finishes by presenting a range of proposals for a better balance between trade liberalization and the development needs of many WTO members.

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Seeking to open paths for reconsidering the trade and development relationship at the WTO, this book takes into account both the heritage of the trade regime and its present dynamics. It argues that the institutional processes for creating and implementing trade rules at the WTO and the actualregulatory outcomes are inseparable. A cons...

Sonia Rolland conducts research and teaches at Northeastern University School of Law, Boston. Her work focuses on public international law and trade law, and is informed by regular exchanges with delegates and members of the WTO community. She has practiced law in Washington DC and has clerked at the International Court of Justice. Sh...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:September 23, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199682275

ISBN - 13:9780199682270

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart 1: Development and its Institutions in International Economic Law: Who Decides what Development Means?1. The Multiple Meanings of Development2. The Contribution of International Organizations to Development Policy-MakingPart 2: Framing Development at the GATT and WTO3. The Trade and Development Relationship during the GATT Years and the Genesis of the WTO4. "Developing Member" and Least Developed Country Status at the GATT and WTO: Self-Designation versus the Politics of Accession5. From the Uruguay Round to the Doha Round: Changing Dynamics in Developing Countries' ParticipationPart 3: Understanding and Contextualizing WTO Development Provisions6. Special and Differential Treatment in the WTO Agreements: A Legal Analysis7. Invoking Development in Dispute Settlement8. Reconsidering Special and Differential Treatment in the Global Context9. Institutional Processes: What Impact on Developing Members?Part 4: Rethinking the Trade and Development Relationship at the WTO10. The Doha Round: Chronicle of a Death Foretold?11. Strategic Challenges to Integrating Development at the WTO12. Towards Development-Oriented Rules at the WTO: Some ProposalsConclusion

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"Skillfully using an institutional framework of analysis, Development at the World Trade Organization explains the meanings of 'development' and the concept of 'special and differential treatment'...It [offers] insightful and creative suggestions for a fair balance between free trade and thedevelopment needs of poor countries...[T]his book is a clear, cogent, succinct, and persuasive account of whether, how, and the extent to which the WTO helps promote development-veritably, a marvelous contribution, both scholarly and practical, on a topic of global importance." --Raj Bhala, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Rice Distinguished Professor, the University of Kansas School of Law