John Whalley, 11 July 2008

Just ahead of the ‘mini-ministerial’ of the World Trade Organisation, which is intended to conclude the Doha Round, John Whalley talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about the prospects for reaching an agreement. He notes the potential conflict between the trade liberalisation agenda and the big global issues that have emerged since the Round was launched in 2001, notably national security and climate change.

Richard Baldwin, 01 July 2008

The World Trade Organisation is losing its place at the centre of the global trading system. Absent reforms, the rules-based architecture of international trade may collapse into a “might makes right” affair.

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Presentation and discussion of multidisciplinary research on the calculation and design of trade sanctions in WTO dispute settlement procedures. Features sessions on
Damage calculation in context: What is the goal of WTO remedies?
Lessons and questions from a legal perspective
Lessons and questions from an economic perspective
The politics of selecting and implementing trade sanctions – EC and Developing country perspectives
Improvements and new approaches from a legal , an institutional and an economic perspective
An alternative to trade flows: calculating expectation damages
Lessons from investor-state arbitration

Richard Baldwin, 29 February 2008

Trade liberalisation is proceeding everywhere but at the WTO: while nations drag their feet in Geneva, they sign bilateral trade agreements by the dozen. Finishing the ongoing WTO talks is important, but regionalism is the new reality. To maintain its relevance, the WTO must adapt, as regionalism is here to stay.

Thomas Hertel, Roman Keeney, L Alan Winters, 22 October 2007

Following their suspension in mid- 2006, and their resuscitation in early 2007, the multilateral trade negotiations of the WTO’s Doha Development Agenda appear once more to be on the brink of collapse. Several reasons have been advanced for their lack of success; high on everyone’s list is the central role of agriculture. We ask why a sector that contributes so little to rich countries’ GDP should be able to sabotage global economy-wide trade talks.

Simon J Evenett, 24 June 2007

Many worry that regionalism is undermining the multilateral trading system, but maybe past unilateral trade reform is the root of Doha’s problems.

Richard Pomfret, 22 June 2007

Since 2000, East Asian countries have signed over 70 trade agreements. Is this ‘noodle bowl’ of regional agreements in the world’s most dynamic economic region a threat to the multilateral global trading system and to other regions’ economic prosperity?

Simon J Evenett, 17 June 2007

The US, EU, and other leading trading powers have pulled back on their negotiating offers. Either senior trade negotiators are planning an extraordinarily welcome summer surprise or they are positioning themselves for the blame game when the music finally stops.

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