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The Trade Policy Review Mechanism: A Critical Analysis

Mathias Kende


This book is the first academic monograph to provide a critical analysis of the WTO’s Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM). In order to do so, it first looks at the TPRM’s historical development into the WTO’s mechanism for peer review. In this context, the book provides a historical analysis of the concept of peer review and distils a peer review mechanism’s theoretical core elements in terms of objectives, structure and participants. It then applies these elements to the five defining institutional phases of the TPRM (Article X of the GATT (1947), the Tokyo Round negotiations resulting in th ... More

Keywords: WTO, Trade Policy Review Mechanism, TPRM, Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference, MC11, peer review, naming and shaming, appraisal of the TPRM, sixth appraisal of the TPRM

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198817611
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198817611.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mathias Kende, author
Associate Fellow, Centre for Global Governance Studies, Catholic University of Leuven; and the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation