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Conflict, Chaos and Confusion

Conflict, Chaos and Confusion

The Crisis in the International Trading System

William A. Kerr

After 15 years the WTO is not functioning as envisioned and is faced with many new trade challenges − climate change, terrorism, pandemics, genetically modified organisms, food safety − which it is ill-equipped to handle. Conflict, Chaos and Confusion sheds light on this deep and acute crisis, focusing on contentious and complex new trade issues and how they will affect international trade in the future.

Preface

William A. Kerr

Subjects: economics and finance, international economics

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In the autumn of 1999 I was given a unique opportunity. The newly established Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade was looking for a means to raise its profile in the trade policy community and to gain a measure of academic credibility. I suggested that the centre sponsor an academic journal for which I would agree to be the founding editor. I firmly believed that a market niche existed for a multidisciplinary trade policy journal. This was just at the beginning of the era of electronic publishing and I was convinced that a credible online academic journal could be produced at a low cost relative to traditional print journals. I had also recently finished a term as editor for a print journal and had a number of ideas about how to shorten the publication process. It was agreed that the Estey Centre Journal of International Law and Trade Policy would be launched in January 2000. To kick off the inaugural issue of the journal, I decided to write a short piece that I hoped would provide some background to the international trading system, yet be somewhat controversial so as to pique the interest of potential readers of the new journal. It was published under the heading of ‘Editor’s Pages’. I received considerable positive feedback from both colleagues and readers I was unacquainted with regarding my effort and decided that I would continue the practice of ‘Editor’s Pages’ for each subsequent issue. The Estey Centre Journal of International...