Journal Article

Implementation and imbalance: dealing with hangover from the Uruguay Round

J. Michael Finger

in Oxford Review of Economic Policy

Published on behalf of The Oxford Review of Economic Policy Ltd

Volume 23, issue 3, pages 440-460
Published in print September 2007 | ISSN: 0266-903X
Published online January 2007 | e-ISSN: 1460-2121 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/grm020
Implementation and imbalance: dealing with hangover from the Uruguay Round

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The Uruguay Round agreements impose bound obligations to implement, but provide only unbound promises of assistance—is there a legal solution within the WTO legal system, i.e. can implementation assistance be made a legal obligation? The author concludes that the Doha negotiations on trade facilitation and on aid for trade demonstrate that such a legal arrangement cannot be constructed. This is not, however, a problem; the international community has provided extensive trade-related assistance through bilateral and multilateral development agencies. Regarding the overall Uruguay Round imbalance (developing countries gave more than they got), failure of the international community to acknowledge that the imbalance stems in major part from the WTO agreement on intellectual property (TRIPS) has retarded a general making-up.

Keywords: WTO; implementation; special and differential treatment; Uruguay Round; Doha negotiations; developing countries; F13; F53; O24

Journal Article.  9664 words. 

Subjects: International Trade ; International Relations and International Political Economy ; Development Planning and Policy

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