Understanding the GATT’s wins and the WTO’s woes

Richard Baldwin, 5 June 2010

URL: http://www.cepr.org/pubs/PolicyInsights/PolicyInsight49.pdf
Topics: International trade
Tags: Doha Round, international trade, WTO

Members only: Embracing diversity in the WTO

Bernard Hoekman, Petros C. Mavroidis, 16 July 2014

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WTO and … ‘clubs’

On 8 July, 2014 negotiations were launched in Geneva to liberalise trade in environmental goods (Donnan 2014). The talks span a limited number of countries, including the world’s three largest trading powers: The EU, China, and the US.

Topics: International trade
Tags: plurilateral agreements, PTAs, trade liberalisation, WTO

Why the US and EU are failing to set information free

Susan Ariel Aaronson, 14 July 2014

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Tim Berners-Lee, the architect of the World Wide Web, taught us that the internet we have is a function of the choices we (users, companies, policymakers, etc.) make about information flows. For example, in 1995, Berners-Lee chose not to patent his work on the World Wide Web because he feared patenting it could limit its universality and openness. He continues to advocate this.

Topics: EU policies, Global governance, International trade
Tags: data protection, EU, free trade agreements, Human rights, Information, information technology, internet, national security, privacy, technology, trade, US, WTO

Mega-regionals and the mega-mess: A way out

Jayant Menon, 9 June 2014

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Jagdish Bhagwati (1991) famously described the maze of overlapping free trade agreements (FTAs) as akin to a ‘spaghetti bowl’. Several decades later, with the rise of mega-regionals like the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the fragmentation of the world trade system more closely resembles a jigsaw puzzle.

Topics: Global governance, International trade
Tags: free trade agreements, mega-regionals, multilateralisation of preferences, reciprocity, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, trade, trade liberalisation, Trans-Pacific Partnership, WTO

TTIP, the multilateral trading system and Latin American countries

Anabel González, 29 May 2014

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A lot is happening in trade negotiations in almost every corner of the world. Countries have been quite active at the bilateral and regional levels for some time – the WTO has been notified of 432 regional trade agreements.

Topics: International trade
Tags: free-trade agreements, TPP, TTIP, WTO

Supply chains, mega-regionals and the WTO: New CEPR book

Bernard Hoekman, 19 May 2014

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In December 2013, WTO members struck a multilateral agreement at their ministerial meeting in Bali as part of the long-running Doha Round. The Bali Trade Facilitation Agreement – the first such agreements since the WTO was founded in 1995 – is important in demonstrating WTO members can ‘get to yes’ despite their differences.

Topics: International trade
Tags: free-trade agreements, supply chains, WTO

Hitting where it hurts: Retaliation requests in the WTO

Diego Bonomo, 1 March 2014

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When a trade dispute being adjudicated in the WTO’s dispute settlement system reaches the end without resolution, the offended member country requests the right to retaliate – or as the diplomats call it – request the suspension of concessions and other obligations vis-à-vis the offender (Shadikhodjaev 2009).

Topics: International trade
Tags: trade disputes, WTO, WTO retaliations

The WTO and the world trading system ‘post Bali’ – Part 2

Gary Horlick interviewed by Viv Davies, 31 Jan 2014

World-leading trade lawyer, Gary Horlick, talks to Viv Davies about the 2013 WTO Bali ministerial conference and the post-Bali agenda. Horlick discusses food security, agriculture and whether mega regional trade agreements pose a threat to the future of the WTO. They also discuss the potential benefits of the post-Bali agenda for developing countries and the ‘trade transforming’ effect of SMEs and the internet. The interview was recorded in January 2014.

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Simon J Evenett, Alejandro Jara , Building on Bali: A Work Programme for the WTO, A Vox eBook, 18 December 2013.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series of Vox Talk interviews on the WTO ‘post Bali’. Part 1, posted last week, featured Alejandro Jara.

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Topics: Global governance, International trade
Tags: Bali package, megaregionals, regional trade agreements, supply chains, trade, WTO

The WTO and the world trading system ‘post Bali’ – Part 1

Alejandro Jara interviewed by Viv Davies, 25 Jan 2014

Alejandro Jara talks to Viv Davies about the 2013 WTO Bali ministerial conference and the recent Vox report, ‘Building on Bali’, co-edited with Simon Evenett. Jara presents his views on the post-Bali agenda, mega regional trade agreements and trade protectionism. They also discuss the extent to which the ‘global value chain revolution’ has changed the nature and focus of international trade and trade agreements. Jara concludes by presenting policy recommendations for the way forward. The interview was recorded in January 2014.

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Simon J Evenett, Alejandro Jara , Building on Bali: A Work Programme for the WTO, A Vox eBook, 18 December 2013.

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Topics: Global governance, International trade
Tags: Bali package, megaregionals, regional trade agreements, supply chains, trade, WTO

Multilateralising 21st-century regionalism

Richard Baldwin, 20 January 2014

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Trade and trade agreements used to be relatively simple. Trade primarily meant trade in ‘made-here-sold-there’ goods, so 20th-century regional and multilateral trade agreements dealt primarily with barriers to goods crossing borders – especially tariffs. For governments, the key purpose of trade and trade agreements was to help their firms sell things.

Topics: Global governance, International trade
Tags: global value chain, harmonisation, megaregionals, network effects, regional trade agreements, supply chains, trade, WTO

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