WTO and Civil Society

Marcos A. Orellana

in The Oxford Handbook of International Trade Law

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199231928
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Law

WTO and Civil Society

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This article analyses the roles played by multinational corporations and civil society in the development of trade law and its ongoing evolution. It examines the notion of civil society and the changing of this notion in the context of globalization and global structures of governance. It also describes some of the NGOs actively working on trade issues. It explores the challenges of legitimacy and governance in international organizations, examining developments in human rights law and international environmental law regarding access to information and transparency. Finally, it examines developments at the WTO regarding its relations with civil society and looks at issues concerning the institutional operations of the organization, as well as transparency and participation in negotiations, capacity-building, and dispute settlement.

Keywords: multinational corporations; civil society; globalization; human rights law; environmental law; institutional operations

Article.  10284 words. 

Subjects: Law ; International Law ; Civil Law

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