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Part IV Balancing Trade and Non-Trade Objectives, Ch.22 Development, Aid, and Preferential Systems

Jan Yves Remy, Alicia Nicholls

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Trade Law (2e) (2nd Edition)

Edited By: Daniel Bethlehem, Donald McRae, Rodney Neufeld, Isabelle Van Damme

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 16 July 2024


Today, the great debate about ‘development’ at the WTO is taking place against the wider backdrop of the global Sustainable Development Goals, providing yet another opportunity for the organization to confront its own relevance and effectiveness. This chapter examines how traditional rules and discussions on development are faring in the light of recent events at the WTO, including the submission of new proposals on ‘special and differential treatment’ by key WTO Members. We also discuss how the stalemate in the Doha Development Agenda is focussing more attention on development approaches in ‘WTO-plus’ FTAs. These FTAs provide useful templates for incorporating development issues at the multilateral level.

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