- 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 considers the World Trade Organization (WTO) as an international organization within the global system. It discusses the inter-relationship between the WTO and other international institutions including other trading regimes, such as customs unions and free trade areas, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The article outlines the broader role of the WTO as a participant in the application and development of international law. It discusses whether the WTO can be viewed as something more than an international organization. This article concludes with the particular significance of the WTO. It will remain an organization whose institutional success rests on the development of a unique dispute settlement process incorporating appellate functions that previously have existed only domestically within States or amongst a more confined regional grouping as an international institution in its dispute settlement system.
Donald McRae is Hyman Soloway Professor, University of Ottawa, Canada.
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