ESSAYS ON THE FUTURE OF THE WTO: Finding a New Balance

Edited by Kim Van der Borght

Associate editors: Eric Remacle & Jarrod Wiener

Since its establishment in 1995, the World Trade Organisation has been the focus of attention in international governance. The WTO is both despised and admired. It has served as the lightning conductor for worldwide protests against a one-sided form of globalisation. It is despised as an organisation that strives for global membership but advances mainly or solely the interests of its richest members. It is accused of undermining international human rights, promoting environmental destruction and hampering social and economic development of the poorest countries. Conversely, it is hailed as the most advanced international organisation. It is applauded for the way it has managed to open new markets and create greater wealth. Its dispute settlement system is praised for its efficiency and for being rule-based. The organisation is admired for having done away with power politics and having replaced it by a legal system where all members are equal, where economic, political or military power is not relevant. This collection of essays shows that the truth is not in the middle.

A broad range of topics is covered in the collection by authors from a wide variety of backgrounds including trade diplomats, members from national administrations and international organisations, the judiciary and academia. Tomás García Azcárate co-authored an essay with Marina Mastro-stefano in which they explore the agricultural negotiations from a European perspective with an emphasis on the transatlantic relationship. Melaku Desta wrote a critical assessment of agriculture in the WTO from a developing country perspective. Isikeli Mataitoga discussed the position of developing countries in WTO negotiations. Surya Subedi and Jürgen Kurtz analysed different aspects of the relationship between investment and trade regulation. The ‘linkages debate’ was further developed by Michel Hansenne, looking at the relationship between WTO and ILO, Sandrine Maljean-Dubois and Yun Zhoa exploring issues of health and environment and Allan Rosas developing an argument to introduce non-commercial values into the World Trade Organisation through Article XX GATT. Dencho Georgiev provided an insight into the procedures and realities of decision-making in the WTO. Finally, Chen Licheng and Kim Van der Borght discussed some of the challenges faced by China in implementing its WTO commitments.

The book is prefaced by Karel Van Miert, former European Commissioner for Competition.

ISBN 10: 1 874698 49 X

ISBN 13: 978 1 874698 49 4

•  Hardback • 360pp • 2003 • £125.00