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Regulatory Convergence, Security and Global Administrative Law in Canada-United States Trade


  • Maureen Irish


The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) contains provisions that encourage regulatory convergence among member countries. Convergence within regional trade agreements raises several issues, including questions of political accountability and the potential application of most favoured nation (MFN) rights to any mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) that are negotiated. The author suggests an interpretation of MFN obligations that is compatible with closed MRAs. As well, she addresses the contribution of global administrative law to procedures for accountability. This article argues that border security concerns should not over-ride other public policies on levels of convergence and economic integration. Even between contiguous countries, there is no reason to presume that regional trade agreements ought to adopt common security perimeters. , Oxford University Press.

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  • Maureen Irish, 2009. "Regulatory Convergence, Security and Global Administrative Law in Canada-United States Trade," Journal of International Economic Law, Oxford University Press, vol. 12(2), pages 333-355, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:jieclw:v:12:y:2009:i:2:p:333-355

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    1. Prud'homme, Dan, 2011. "An SIA analysis of the Investment Chapter in the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)," MPRA Paper 44014, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Olivier CADOT & Lili Yan ING, 2015. "Non-tariff Measures and Harmonisation: Issues for the RCEP," Working Papers DP-2015-61, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

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