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International Trade in Services and Domestic Regulations: Necessity, Transparency, and Regulatory Diversity

Panagiotis Delimatsis


In 2005, the WTO Appellate Body ruled that the United States' total prohibition on cross-border gambling services was unlawful under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). The questions raised by the case — whether and how a government could block the supply of services on moral or public order grounds — went to the heart of key controversies surrounding international economic law. How can a liberal system of international trade in services be reconciled with national governments' desire to protect social values through service regulation? How much regulatory sovereignty are the WT ... More

Keywords: GATS, trade in services, trade barriers, domestic regulations, regulatory autonomy, regulatory diversity, necessity, transparency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199533152
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533152.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Panagiotis Delimatsis, author
Senior Research Fellow, World Trade Institute, University of Berne, Switzerland