Strategic Challenges to Integrating Development at the WTO

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

Strategic Challenges to Integrating Development at the WTO

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Determining the place and role of development in the WTO's architecture is increasingly unavoidable. Although members have raised the issue in the Doha Round, no reasoned methodology has emerged for deciding how development concerns should be addressed at the WTO and in relation to other areas of international regulation. Rather, various issues are raised to forestall a real consideration of the role of development in the multilateral trading regime. This chapter provides a coherent mapping of the challenges most often raised. Starting with an assessment of what development provisions currently achieve, it widens the inquiry to examine how bilateralism and regionalism affect the framework for development at the WTO and how the broadening agenda of WTO regulation shape the content of development provisions.

Keywords: regionalism; multilateralism; south/south trade; capacity; policy space; international organizations

Chapter.  12437 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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