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Developing Countries in the WTO Legal System$
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Joel P. Trachtman and Chantal Thomas

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383614

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383614.001.0001

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Trade and Development

Trade and Development

Systemic Lessons from WTO Experience with Implementation, Trade Facilitation, and Aid for Trade

Developing Countries in the WTO Legal System

J Michael Finger

Oxford University Press

In the Uruguay Round, developing countries behaved as full partners rather than as supplicants in the system. This step forward has, however, been reversed by outrageous mismanagement of the hangover of the Uruguay Round — the “implementation problem” and the “imbalance” of the Uruguay Round outcome. This chapter begins by summarizing Hudec's analysis of the GATT's first four decades—how we got to the Uruguay Round. It then reviews the Uruguay Round and since. It concludes that from the perspective of the GATT/WTO system supporting development and poverty reduction, we are back where we were in 1987, or worse.

Keywords:   Uruguay Round, developing countries, GATT, WTO system, trade liberalization, free trade

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