The history of the evolution of the GATT/WTO trading system demonstrates how a human institution can change over time, often in ways not expected by its creators. It also demonstrates how the political and geopolitical (strategic) context of the institutional activity and operation will deeply colour its direction, and in many cases stimulate innovation and change in the de facto (not always ‘de jure’) legal structure. In the context of international law, based heavily on nation-state sovereignty and supremacy ideas, governments and societies consenting to become...
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