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The Constitutionalization of the World Trade OrganizationLegitimacy, Democracy, and Community in the International Trading System$
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Deborah Z. Cass

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199285846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285846.001.0001

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The International Economic Law Background

The International Economic Law Background

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The Constitutionalization of the World Trade Organization


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This chapter discusses how WTO constitutionalization models emerged from international economic law, and argues that the field is characterized by a number of tendencies which fuelled speculation about WTO constitutionalization. These tendencies include an increasing conflation of institutions with constitutions; integration of world markets through globalization; a consensus on the benefits of liberalization; an expansion of law to take in new forms of regulation; and an anxiety about how to define and limit the field of economic law and its role in transforming international order.

Keywords:   WTO, constitutionalization, international economic law, international order

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