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Part I The Economic and Institutional Context of the World Trading System, Ch.3 The Evolution of the World Trading System — the Legal and Institutional Context

John H Jackson

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Trade Law

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

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 14 May 2021

Since World War II — Tariffs — Development — Most-favoured-nation treatment (MFN) — Intellectual property
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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