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Challenges to the New World Trade Organization

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ISBN13: 9789041102362
ISBN: 9041102361
Published: June 1998
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Format: Hardback
Price: £204.00

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The World Trade Organization will become the overall and comprehensive multilateral framework for regulating international trade and trade-related matters. Notwithstanding major achievements made during eight years of negotiations, there will be new challenges requiring rules and regulations in areas not yet adequately covered. Economists, lawyers and authors from trade unions and private companies approach the issues of regionalism, labour standards and environmental protection from different angles and from the North-South perspective.;The first challenge is to bring about a ""level playing field""; this book tackles key questions such as the types of standards that are required, the roles of institutions and the enforcement mechanisms with regard to trade related investment measures, intellectual property rights, labour and environmental conditions. The second challenge is the new wave of regional preferential trade systems: this book deals with the WTO compatibility of these far-reaching integration schemes and the lessons for global liberalization that might be learned from these regional experiments.

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Introduction; P. van Dijck, G. Faber. Part I: The WTO.
2. The Agenda of the WTO; J. Bhagwati.
3. The Role of the WTO in Minimum Standards; A. Enders.
4. WTO Dispute Settlement and the Economic Order of WTO Member States; F. Weiss. Part II: Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO.
5. The EC and the WTO: Different Fields to Level? G. Faber.
6. The EC and the WTO Agenda; H. Paemen.
7. NAFTA: A Model for the WTO? P. van Dijck.
8. Brazil, MERCOSUR and the WTO; V. Ventura Dias.
9. The Trade Triangle in East Asia; Z. Wang.
10. Regulatory Regimes and the WTO: East Asian Perspectives; B. Hoekman, Chao-Po Yang. Part III: Labour and Environmental Standards and the WTO.
11. International Trade and Labour Standards from an Economic Perspective; T.N. Srinivasan.
12. Minimum Labour Standards in International Trade from a Legal Perspective; P. de Waart.
13. Environmental Standards in International Trade; H. Verbruggen, O. Kuik.
14. The Trade Union's View on International Labour Standards. A Comment; J. Evans.
15. International Business, Trade and Minimum Standards. A Comment; M. van Marion.
16. New Standards in World Trade Agreements: Two Bridges too Far. A Comment; W. Tims.
17. Summary and Conclusions; P. van Dijck, G. Faber.