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Development at the World Trade Organization$
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Sonia E. Rolland

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199600885

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600885.001.0001

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Towards Development-Oriented Rules at the WTO: Some Proposals

Towards Development-Oriented Rules at the WTO: Some Proposals

(p.290) 12 Towards Development-Oriented Rules at the WTO: Some Proposals
Development at the World Trade Organization

Sonia E. Rolland

Oxford University Press

The trade community increasingly recognizes that some of the core concerns and priorities of developing countries go well beyond SDT and cannot be solved by limited carve-outs. This chapter offers a menu of proposals for recasting the trade and development relationship at the WTO. They range from limited, technical reconsiderations of special and differential treatment to more systemic aspects, including differentiation of trade liberalization commitments tailored to members' circumstances, and the realignment of WTO institutions to create a more productive framework for negotiations. While these proposals do not pretend to solve the political differences that currently keep members apart, they aim to provide the flexibility to accommodate inevitable political divergences while enabling a workable legal framework for the multilateral trading system.

Keywords:   exceptions, differentiation, mainstreaming development, institutions, participation, groupings, decision-making, representation, single undertaking

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