Law, Culture, and Values in the WTO – Gazing into the Crystal Ball

Joseph H. H. Weiler

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

Law, Culture, and Values in the WTO – Gazing into the Crystal Ball


This article focuses almost invariably on dispute settlement and enforcement. It identifies some areas, issues, or themes to underlie all future WTO discourse. They are the ones where the lawyer or legal theorist rather than the economist or political economists are the necessary interpreters and interlocutors. This article addresses three issues, the first two concerning the constitutional architecture of the WTO system and, the other, its global hegemony. The third issue has received far less attention and goes to the ontological and moral self-understanding of the system. This begins to mobilize against protectionism and the WTO may be used increasingly as a tool to thwart domestic special interests militating against the collective national interest.

Keywords: dispute settlement; legal theorist; political economists; ontological; constitutional architecture

Article.  10753 words. 

Subjects: Law ; International Law

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