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Running in Circles: Regionalism in World Trade and How It Will Lead Back to Multilateralism

Meinhard Hilf and Tim René Salomon

in From Bilateralism to Community Interest

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588817
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725272 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588817.003.0019
Running in Circles: Regionalism in World Trade and How It Will Lead Back to Multilateralism

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International law is currently seeing a trend towards regionalism. This is in some ways to be applauded. It seems necessary to put more weight on regional codes for human rights protection, for example, as regional codes tend to have more authority due to their close connection to the cultures and peoples they seek to govern. Bruno Simma has recently commented on the issue of fragmentation, to which the development of regionalism in the World Trade Organization (WTO) will be linked in this contribution. This chapter focuses on regionalism in a WTO context and attempts to glance briefly into the future as it may be after the demise of the WTO, which — although not to be wished for — has been discussed as a theoretical possibility. This gaze behind the horizon may very well contain lessons for the WTO today.

Keywords: World Trade Organization; international trade; regionalism; international law; human rights protection; regional codes; fragmentation

Chapter.  6175 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public International Law

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