Like many other international organizations, the World Trade Organization stands at a crossroads. There is an obvious imbalance between the organization's dispute settlement arm and its negotiation platform. While its current rules, supported by a strong dispute settlement system, have provided some buffering against the negative effects of the financial crises, its negotiation machinery has not produced any substantial outcomes since the late 1990s. It has become obvious that the old way of doing business does not work any more and fresh ideas about governing the organization are needed. Based on rigorous scholarship, this volume of essays offers critical readings on the functioning of the system and provides policy-relevant ideas that go beyond incremental redesign but avoid the trap of romantic scenarios.
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Addressed to those interested in the functioning and reform of international organizations, in particular global economic multilaterals, this collection of essays explores how the multilateral trade organization evolved, outlines the problems it faces and suggests proposals for reform.About the Author:
Manfred Elsig is Assistant Professor in International Relations at the World Trade Institute at the University of Bern.
Thomas Cottier is Managing Director of the World Trade Institute and Professor of European and International Economic Law at the University of Bern.
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