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Reforming the World Trading System: Legitimacy, Efficiency, and Democratic Governance

Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann and James Harrison


The 1994 agreement establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO) regulates over 95% of world trade amongst 148 member countries. The November 2001 Declaration of the Fourth Ministerial Conference of the WTO in Doha, Quatar, launched the Doha Development Round of multilateral trade negotiations in the WTO on twenty-one topics aimed at far-reaching reforms of the world trading system. On August 1st 2004, the WTO General Council reached agreement on a detailed Doha Work program. This volume provides discussion and policy recommendations by leading WTO negotiators and policy-makers, and analysis ... More

Keywords: WTO, world trade, Doha, Quatar, Doha Development Round, Doha Work program, policy recommendations, WTO negotiators, WTO policy-makers, WTO economists, WTO political scientists, trade lawyers, world trading system

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199282623
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282623.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, editor
Professor of Law, European University Institute, Florence

James Harrison, author

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Part I Introduction and Summary of the Book

Part II The Doha Development Round and The Future of the WTO: Policy Proposals

Part III Building-Blocks for Concluding the Doha Round Negotiations on Agriculture

Part IV The Doha Round Negotiations on Services Trade

Part V Less-Developed WTO Members in the Doha Round Negotiations

Part VI Are WTO Rules Protecting Consumer Welfare?

16 Investment and the Doha Development Agenda

Bijit Bora, and Edward M. Graham

Part VII Challenges to the Political Legitimacy of the WTO System

23 The WTO and Cosmopolitics

Steve Charnovitz

Part VIII WTO Decision-Making procedures, ‘Member-driven’ Rule-making, and WTO consensus practices: are they adequate?

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