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Maintaining the WTO's Supremacy in the International Trade Order: A Proposal to Refine and Revise the Role of the Trade Policy Review Mechanism


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  • Julien Chaisse
  • Mitsuo Matsushita
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    In light of the stagnating World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations, this article argues that WTO should not only focus on the development of new rules or the resolution of disputes, but should also develop 'soft law' on the basis of informal mechanisms as the successful experiences of the International Competition Network or the International Monetary Fund demonstrate. In this respect, WTO should extend and refine the role of its Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM) in order to be able to address essential issues of contemporary economic concerns and, hence, remain at the centre of global governance. This article explains how the TPRM role should be refined and revised with a view to cover key areas of international trade governance, such as harmonization and coordination of preferential trade agreements as well as convergence of measures dealing with greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental policies which are two key issues questioning the WTO's supremacy in the international trade order. The Author 2013. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved., Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Journal of International Economic Law.

    Volume (Year): 16 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 9-36

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:jieclw:v:16:y:2013:i:1:p:9-36

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    1. Chaisse, Julien & Hamanaka, Shintaro, 2014. "The Investment Version of the Asian Noodle Bowl: The Proliferation of International Investment Agreements," Working Papers on Regional Economic Integration 128, Asian Development Bank.
    2. Sandar Oo & Zin Zin Naing, . "Expected Outcomes from the Bali Ministerial Conference: The view from Myanmar," Chapters, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).


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