Towards Development-Oriented Rules at the WTO: Some Proposals

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

Towards Development-Oriented Rules at the WTO: Some Proposals

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The trade community increasingly recognizes that some of the core concerns and priorities of developing countries go well beyond SDT and cannot be solved by limited carve-outs. This chapter offers a menu of proposals for recasting the trade and development relationship at the WTO. They range from limited, technical reconsiderations of special and differential treatment to more systemic aspects, including differentiation of trade liberalization commitments tailored to members' circumstances, and the realignment of WTO institutions to create a more productive framework for negotiations. While these proposals do not pretend to solve the political differences that currently keep members apart, they aim to provide the flexibility to accommodate inevitable political divergences while enabling a workable legal framework for the multilateral trading system.

Keywords: exceptions; differentiation; mainstreaming development; institutions; participation; groupings; decision-making; representation; single undertaking

Chapter.  18846 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public International Law

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