PEACE THROUGH TRADE:  Building the World Trade Organization

Debra Steger

Peace through Trade: Building the World Trade Organization is a collection of essays and articles by one of the negotiators and architects of the institutional framework and dispute settlement system of the WTO, Debra Steger.

The essays and articles were written over the past ten years from the unique perspective of an “insider” reflecting on the Uruguay Round negotiations which led to the creation of the WTO and the experience during the formative years of the WTO with its integrated dispute settlement system and, in particular, the Appellate Body. This book concludes with articles containing Ms. Steger’s perspectives on reform of the dispute settlement system and the rule-making bodies of the WTO.  A key issue is the struggle for legitimacy that she perceives the WTO is facing today, both from its external critics and also from smaller and developing countries inside the system. These critical questions must be addressed by the WTO, she recommends, by opening up the system and making it more accountable and transparent to the outside world.

As founding Director of its Secretariat during the first six years of the WTO Appellate Body, Ms. Steger advised and guided the Appellate Body through the development of its Working Procedures for Appellate Review and in hearing its first 40 appeals and 12 arbitrations.

Over the past twenty years, she has written extensively and lectured around the world on international trade, the GATT and the WTO, regional trade agreements and dispute settlement.  She holds an LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School as well as an LL.B. from the University of Victoria Faculty of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia.

ISBN 10: 1 874698 74 0

ISBN 13: 978 1 874698 74 6

• Hardback • 341pp • 2004 • £125.00