Journal Article

Professor John H. Jackson’s contributions to Development in WTO Law

Edna Ramirez-Robles

in Journal of International Economic Law

Volume 19, issue 2, pages 363-366
Published in print June 2016 | ISSN: 1369-3034
Published online June 2016 | e-ISSN: 1464-3758 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jiel/jgw022
Professor John H. Jackson’s contributions to Development in WTO Law

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This article identifies Professor's Jackson philosophies which permeated the “development aspect” of WTO Law. Firstly, it illustrates that throughout, he influenced the WTO legal framework. Specifically, he inspired GATT Contracting Parties in the establishment of the WTO's institutional structure. His motivation was to improve the accuracy of the GATT rules applicable to developing countries. One of his most prevalent innovative strategies included a rule-based WTO dispute settlement system. In the Doha Development Agenda, he recommended the modification of the decision-making process with the objective of enhancing the participation of developing and LDC Members.

Secondly, Prof. Jackson educated fellows, therefore pioneering the development of new WTO experts. Under his directorship, a new vigorous platform comprising researchers was founded, namely, the Institute of International of Economic Law (IIEL). Amongst them were world prominent professors from the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Economic Law (JIEL); International students and editorial assistants. Prof. Jackson also included professionals from developing countries and LDCs, thereby increasing capacities for integration of their respective countries into the WTO community. His annual conferences which were hosted in Washington D.C. and London were attended by lawyers, diplomats and economists, amongst others. These conferences remain, and serve as a reminder of the legacy that he created.

Journal Article.  1339 words. 

Subjects: Financial Law ; Public International Law ; International Economic Law ; Economics

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