The relationship between the governed and government has given rise to the concept of civil society as an element distinct from the State. Once the State transfers certain competences to an international organization such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a relationship between the international organization and the citizens of Members is established. Consequently, the demands of transparency and accountability posed by civil society upon the State are now also extended to the WTO. The manner in which the WTO has addressed civil society’s demands since its...
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