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Regional Trade Agreements in the GATT/WTO
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  • Page extent: 328 pages
  • Size: 240 x 157 mm
  • Weight: 0.56 kg

Library of Congress

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  • Dewey version: n/a
  • LC Classification: K4603 .M38 2002
  • LC Subject headings:
    • General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (Organization)
    • Foreign trade regulation
    • Trade blocs
    • World Trade Organization--Africa

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9789067041393 | ISBN-10: 9067041394)

DOI: 10.2277/9067041394

  • Published January 2002

Refer to T.M.C Asser Press, T.M.C Asser Press, R.J.Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22, 2517 JN The Hague, The Netherlands

 (Stock level updated: 08:11 GMT, 25 November 2015)


This book addresses legal aspects of GATT Article XXIV and its 'internal' trade requirements as they define the WTO gateway for regional trade agreements. The case for a narrow avenue is made by exploring historical foundations in the Havana ITO negotiations and later difficulties of applying provisions to developed-developing country free-trade areas. The external economic effects for the trade of non-members will remain of concern, but rules of origin and regional safeguard regimes can affect intra-regional trade between large and small members as well. The GATT-47 practice is contrasted with WTO developments as dispute settlement reports have established the conditional legal nature of the regional exception. A treaty law argument is made that GATT/WTO rules retain continuing validity for regional members. Implications for the WTO review process are considered.

• Foreword by Professor Jagdish Bhagwati


Acknowledgements; Note on terminology; Abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Pre-Gatt Preference and the MFN Response: 1. Interwar preference and the case for MFN; 2. ITO negotiations for a regional exception; Part II. Regionalism in the GATT (1947): 3. Article XXIV in practice: the overseas association; 4. Systemic issues in GATT-47 reviews; 5. The GATT panel practice response (bananas I and II); 6. Economic (customs union) theory and article XXIV; 7. Modern regionalism; 8. The choice of framework: origin rules and internal trade; 9. Regional safeguards and restrictive measures; 10. Article XXIV panel and appellate body practice in the WTO; 11. Systemic issues in the CRTA; 12. A treaty law framework for the internal trade requirement; 13. Book conclusion: recent developments; Appendices; References; Index.

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