The World Trade Organization (WTO) is one of the most important international organizations in existence today. It contains a set of disciplines that affect the ability of governments to impose trade restrictions, and has helped to support the steady expansion of international trade since the 1950s. It is a unique organization in providing a framework for member states to make binding policy commitments that are enforced through a unique dispute settlement system and a variety of transparency mechanisms.
Despite – or because of – its success, the WTO has recently become the focus of vociferous protests by anti-globalization activists. This book separates the facts from the propaganda and provides an accessible overview of the WTO's history, structure and policies as well as a discussion of the future of the organization. It also confronts the criticisms of the WTO and assesses their validity.
Introduction 1. A Brief History of the World Trading System 2. The WTO in a Nutshell 3. The GATT 4. Services and Intellectual Property 5. Dispute Settlement, Transparency and Plurilateral Agreements 6. Developing Countries and the WTO 7. Whither the Trading System after Doha: Deadlock as an Opportunity?
The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).
The Series has three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:
Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.