Making Rules in the WTO: Free or Managed Trade?

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Making Rules in the WTO: Free or Managed Trade?
Making Rules in the WTO: Free or Managed Trade?
by Surendra Bhandari

After eleven years of the exercise, the Doha Round Negotiations of the WTO are at the verge of collapse. No country will benefit from its unfortunate demise. Despite having a clear idea about this fact, the negotiators are not able to conclude the Doha Round. With fanciful ideas, the WTO Director General Pascal Lamy is rather cluttering the negotiations.

This book logically elucidates the deep-rooted reasons that have victimized the Doha Round. It offers a penetrating analysis and critical perspective on the fanciful ideas and exposes how they have been the real barricade to the success of the Doha Round. This book brilliantly exposes the defective design, faulty process, and flawed methodologies applied in the Doha Round.

,p>Derogations have been the norm of the Doha Round. Asymmetry is the working principle of the Doha Round. Normativism is the guiding ideology of the Doha Round. At best, all these breed managed trade and at worst protectionism. This book explicates Welfare-Grundnorm as the alternative approach for the success of the Doha Round Negotiations instilled by the foundational idea of legitimacy, validity, and authority. It offers a new perspective on international trade negotiations and making rules at the WTO. The book is useful for negotiators, policy makers, academic, students, civil society organizations, and every individual keen to know about the diagnosis of the problems and possible solutions to the problems associated with the WTO and Doha Round.

About the Author

Surendra Bhandari is Associate Professor of Law at Risumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan and the author of WTO and Developing Countries. An authority on international trade law and the World Trade Organization, he has served as a consultant and adviser to the Government of Nepal, UNDP, FAO, Action Aid, IDEA International, and many other international organizations.

(2012, paperback, 246 pages)