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Part I The Regulation of International Trade, Ch.5 International Trade Law Institutions

James Flett, Mislav Mataija

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: 20 April 2024

This chapter summarizes and analyses the institutional law of the WTO, that is, the entities that make-up or operate within the WTO, how they are constituted, their powers and responsibilities (general and specific, conferred, delegated, or implied), the procedures governing the conduct of their proceedings, and the relationships between them. Absent an executive or parliament, the focus is on the relationship between the legislature (in its various guises) and the judicial branch, which is critical to understanding both the current state and eventual future of the WTO. The main institutional aspects of certain other international trade agreements are also reviewed and discussed.

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