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WTO Accessions and Trade Multilateralism: Case Studies and Lessons from the WTO at Twenty

Edited by: Uri Dadush, Chiedu Osakwe

ISBN13: 9781107472242
Published: September 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £52.00
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9781107093362

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What have WTO accessions contributed to the rules-based multilateral trading system? What demands have been made by original WTO members on acceding governments? How have the acceding governments fared? This volume of essays offers critical readings on how WTO accession negotiations have expanded the reach of the multilateral trading system not only geographically but also conceptually, clarifying disciplines and pointing the way to their further strengthening in future negotiations. Members who have acceded since the WTO was established now account for twenty per cent of total WTO membership.

In the age of globalization there is an increased need for a universal system of trade rules. Accession negotiations have been used by governments as an instrument for domestic reforms, and one lesson from the accession process is that there are contexts which lead multilateral trade negotiations to successful outcomes even in the complex and multi-polar twenty-first century economic environment.

International Trade
Part I. WTO Accessions, the Trading System and the Global Economy
Part II. Overview
Part III. Members' Perspectives on Accession Negotiations
Part III.I. Original Members
Part III.I. Original Members
Part III.II. Article XII Members
Part IV. Working Party Chairpersons' Perspectives on Accession Negotiations
Part V. Salient Features in WTO Accession Protocols
Part VI. Conclusion.