Reforming the World Trading System: Legitimacy, Efficiency, and Democratic Governance

Paperback | August 4, 2005

EditorErnst-Ulrich PetersmannbyJames Harrison

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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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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...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.28 inPublished:August 4, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Carlo Trojan: ForewordNotes on ContributorsList of AbbreviationsI WTO Negotiators and Academics Analyze the Doha Development Round of the WTOErnst-Ulrich Petersmann: Overview and Summary of the BookII The Doha Development Round and the Future of the WTO: Policy Proposals1. Peter Sutherland: The Doha Development Agenda: Political Challenges to the World Trading System - A Cosmopolitan Perspective2. Faizel Ismael: A Development Perspective on the WTO July 2004 General Council Decision3. Kenneth W. Dam: Cordell Hull, the Reciprocal Trade Agreement Act and the WTOIII Building-Blocks for Concluding the Doha Round Negotiations on Agriculture4. Stefan Tangermann: How to Forge a Compromise in the Agricultural Negotiations?5. Stuart Harbinson: The Agricultural Negotiations: The Road from Doha and How to Keep the Negotiations on a Positive Track6. Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann: Strategic Use of WTO Dispute Settlement Proceedings for Advancing WTO Negotiations on Agricultural SubsidiesIV The Doha Round Negotiations on Services Trade7. L. Alan Winters: Developing Country Proposals for the Liberalization of Movements of Natural Service Suppliers8. J. Anthony VanDuzer: Navigating Between the Poles: Unpacking the Debate on the Implications for Development of GATS Obligations Relating to Health and Education Services9. Joel P. Trachtman: Negotiations on Domestic Regulation and Trade in Services (Article VI GATS): A Legal Analysis of Selected Current IssuesV Less-Developed WTO Members in the Doha Round Negotiations10. Bernard Hoekman: Operationalizing the Concept of Policy Space in the WTO: Beyond Special and Differential Treatment of Developing Countries11. Gregory Shaffer: Can WTO Technical Assistance and Capacity-Building Serve Developing Countries?12. Marion Panizzon and Thomas Cottier: Developing Countries Interests and Negotiation Positions on Protection of Geographical Indications and Traditional KnowledgeVI Are WTO Rules Adequately Protecting Consumer Welfare?13. Petros Mavroidis: Come Together? Producer Welfare, Consumer Welfare and WTO Rules14. Patrick Messerlin: Non-Discrimination, Welfare Balances and WTO Rules: An Historical Perspective15. Francois Souty: Is There a Need for Additional WTO Competition Rules Promoting Non-Discriminatory Competition Laws and Competition Institutions in WTO Members?16. Frederick M. Abbott: Are the Competition Rules in the WTO TRIPS Agreement Adequate?17. Bijit Bora and E..M.Graham: Investment and the Doha Development AgendaVII Challenges to the Political Legitimacy of the WTO System18. Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann: 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?19. Gregory Shaffer: Parliamentary Oversight of WTO Rule-Making: The Political, Normative and Practical Contexts20. David Skaggs: How Can Parliamentary Participation in WTO Rule-Making and Democratic Control Be Made More Effective in the WTO? A United States Congressional Perspective21. Meinhard Hilf: How Can Parliamentary Participation in WTO Rule-Making and Democratic Control Be Made More Effective? The European Context22. Erika Mann: A Parliamentary Dimension to the WTO - More than Just a Vision?23. James Bacchus: A Few Thoughts on Legitimacy, Democracy and the WTO24. Steve Charnovitz: The WTO and Cosmopolitics25. Julio A. Lacarte: Transparency, Public Debate and Participaton by NGOs in the WTO: A WTO PerspectiveVIII WTO Decision-Making Procedures, 'Member-Driven' Rule-Making and WTO Consensus Practices: Are They Adequate?26. Richard Blackhurst and David Hartridge: Improving the Capacity of WTO Institutions to Fulfil their Mandate27. John S. Odell: Chairing a WTO Negotiation28. Claus-Dieter Ehlermann and Lothar Ehring: Are WTO Decision-Making Procedures Adequate for Making, Revising and Implementing Worldwide and 'Plurilateral' Rules?29. Gary Sampson: Is There a Need for Restructuring the Collaboration Among the WTO and UN Specialized Agencies so as to Harness their Complementarities?30. Claus-Dieter Ehlermann and Lothar Ehring: Can the WTO Dispute Settlement System Deal with Competition Disputes?