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Article: Cast light and evil will go away: The first transparency mechanism for regulating regional trade agreements three years after

TitleCast light and evil will go away: The first transparency mechanism for regulating regional trade agreements three years after
Authors
KeywordsMultilateral trade
Regional trade
Trade agreement
Trade policy
World trade organization
Issue Date2011
PublisherKluwer Law International. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.kluwerlawonline.com/productinfo.php?pubcode=TRAD
Citation
Journal Of World Trade, 2011, v. 45 n. 2, p. 375-400 How to Cite?
AbstractOur aim is to test the idea that the World Trade Organization's (WTO's) ability to regulate regional trade agreements (RTAs) is likely to decline with the proliferation of RTAs worldwide. According to this idea, (1) 'people who live in glass houses should not throw stones'; (2) with the proliferation of RTAs, WTO members are likely to place their interests before the interests of the multilateral system; and (3) there would be fewer WTO members demanding stricter disciplines for RTA regulation. However, our finding is that WTO members have at least continued to accord attention to the problems associated with RTA proliferation, and they continue to engage in active scrutiny of individual RTAs. We are not saying that WTO members do not act in their own interest or that they are motivated by altruism but simply that such self-interest has not prevented scrutiny of RTAs under the new transparency mechanism (TM). The proliferation of RTAs (and any felt need to protect one's 'own RTA programme') has not prevented discussion on improved disciplines. Notwithstanding the intent underlying the establishment of the TM - that is, the prevention of another impasse caused by controversy over various 'systemic issues' connected with questions of RTA compliance - WTO members continue to discuss these issues in ways that demonstrate fidelity to important questions of principle and policy. One notable development, however, has been that East Asian members are no longer seen to be as prominent in expressing a strict approach towards RTA regulation as they were a decade ago. © 2011 Kluwer Law International BV, The Netherlands.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/139313
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.518
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dc.contributor.authorLim, CLen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2011-09-23T05:48:18Z-
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dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of World Trade, 2011, v. 45 n. 2, p. 375-400en_HK
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dc.description.abstractOur aim is to test the idea that the World Trade Organization's (WTO's) ability to regulate regional trade agreements (RTAs) is likely to decline with the proliferation of RTAs worldwide. According to this idea, (1) 'people who live in glass houses should not throw stones'; (2) with the proliferation of RTAs, WTO members are likely to place their interests before the interests of the multilateral system; and (3) there would be fewer WTO members demanding stricter disciplines for RTA regulation. However, our finding is that WTO members have at least continued to accord attention to the problems associated with RTA proliferation, and they continue to engage in active scrutiny of individual RTAs. We are not saying that WTO members do not act in their own interest or that they are motivated by altruism but simply that such self-interest has not prevented scrutiny of RTAs under the new transparency mechanism (TM). The proliferation of RTAs (and any felt need to protect one's 'own RTA programme') has not prevented discussion on improved disciplines. Notwithstanding the intent underlying the establishment of the TM - that is, the prevention of another impasse caused by controversy over various 'systemic issues' connected with questions of RTA compliance - WTO members continue to discuss these issues in ways that demonstrate fidelity to important questions of principle and policy. One notable development, however, has been that East Asian members are no longer seen to be as prominent in expressing a strict approach towards RTA regulation as they were a decade ago. © 2011 Kluwer Law International BV, The Netherlands.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
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dc.relation.ispartofJournal of World Tradeen_HK
dc.subjectMultilateral trade-
dc.subjectRegional trade-
dc.subjectTrade agreement-
dc.subjectTrade policy-
dc.subjectWorld trade organization-
dc.titleCast light and evil will go away: The first transparency mechanism for regulating regional trade agreements three years afteren_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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