- List of Contributors
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Cited GATT Panel and Working Party Reports and their Common Abbreviations
- List of Cited WTO Panel and Appellate Body Reports, Other Initiated WTO Disputes, and their Common Abbreviations
- Table of Cases
- The Evolution of the World Trading System – The Economic and Policy Context
- The Evolution of the World Trading System – The Legal and Institutional Context
- The Place of the WTO in the International System
- WTO Institutional Aspects
- Responding to National Concerns
- Regional Trade Agreements
- The Institutional Dimension
- Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, and Interpretation
- Procedural and Evidentiary Issues
- Standard of Review in WTO Law
- Remedies and Compliance
- The Limits of Judicial Processes
- Trade and Development
- Trade and Environment
- Trade and Labour
- Trade and Human Rights
- Trade and Health
- Trade and Investment
- Trade and Competition Policy
- WTO and Civil Society
- International Trade Law, United Nations Law, and Collective Security Issues
- Regulating Multinational Corporations and International Trade Law
- Law, Culture, and Values in the WTO – Gazing into the Crystal Ball
Abstract and Keywords
This article focuses almost invariably on dispute settlement and enforcement. It identifies some areas, issues, or themes to underlie all future WTO discourse. They are the ones where the lawyer or legal theorist rather than the economist or political economists are the necessary interpreters and interlocutors. This article addresses three issues, the first two concerning the constitutional architecture of the WTO system and, the other, its global hegemony. The third issue has received far less attention and goes to the ontological and moral self-understanding of the system. This begins to mobilize against protectionism and the WTO may be used increasingly as a tool to thwart domestic special interests militating against the collective national interest.
Joseph H. H. Weiler is Director of the Jean Monnet Centre for International and Regional Economic Law and Justice at NYU School of Law.
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