The Contribution of International Organizations to Development Policy-Making

Sonia E. Rolland

in Development at the World Trade Organization

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199600885
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738364 | DOI:

Series: International Economic Law Series

The Contribution of International Organizations to Development Policy-Making

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This chapter identifies the roots of developing countries' current demands at the WTO. Development concerns have been progressively captured by international economic law and its institutions to the detriment of general public international law, a displacement that affected the substance of international trade regulation and its relationship with development. Developing countries raised very early on their concerns regarding the unequal distribution of international trade and continually sought remedies for these imbalances through traditional public international law, multilateral organizations and inter-governmental negotiations. By contrast, developed states used the IMF, the World Bank and the GATT as conduits to disseminate industrial country norms and standards within the domestic legal orders of developing states.

Keywords: new international economic order; NIEO; UNCTAD; united nations conference on trade and development; bretton woods; IMF; international monetary fund; world bank; washington consensus; development bank; commodities agreements

Chapter.  11938 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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