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Accession to the World Trade Organization

A Legal Analysis

Dylan Geraets

This detailed and perceptive book examines the extent and scope of how rules for accession to the WTO may vary between countries, approaching the concerns that some countries enter with a better deal than others. Dylan Geraets critiques these additional ‘rules’ and aims to answer the question of whether new Members of the WTO are under stricter rules than the original Members, whilst analysing the accession process to the multilateral trading system.
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A Legal Analysis

Dylan Geraets

This monograph is the result of a research project on the nature of the WTO accession process, carried out at KU Leuven, Belgium. The project was supervised by Prof. Dr Jan Wouters who provided indispensable guidance, advice and support. I am also indebted to a great number of other individuals, who provided feedback and input during several stages of the research. Prof. Dr Geert Van Calster provided a stimulating working environment and shared his in-depth knowledge of the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) through commenting on subsequent drafts of this monograph. Prof. Dr Peter Van den Bossche for introducing me to the WTO and the workings of the multilateral trading system during his class on International Trade Law at Maastricht University in March 2009. Your knowledge of, and service to, the multilateral trading system continues to inspire me on a daily basis. Professors Mavroidis and Steenbergen for providing valuable comments and critical reflections on this monograph.

It has been an enormous pleasure to work with Bregt Natens, Marieke Koekkoek and Ines Willemyns as the ‘trade-team’ of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (GGS). Our discussions on the (future) role of the law of international trade are invaluable to me.

A special word of thanks goes out to friends and colleagues at the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat, where I had the pleasure of serving as an intern in the spring of 2016. I am also thankful to the following people for sharing their thoughts on the subject of this monograph in the course of the writing process: Prof. Dr Gabrielle Marceau, Prof. Dr Julia Ya Qin, Prof. Dr Marco Bronckers, Prof. Dr Joost Pauwelyn, Claudia Orozco, James Flett, Philippe de Baere and Arnoud Willems. A special word of thanks goes out to Paulette Vander Schueren and Nikolay Mizulin for offering me the opportunity to apply my knowledge in practice at Mayer Brown.*

Finally, I am grateful to my wife, parents, family, friends and colleagues, all of whom have supported me during the past four years. Writing this book would not have been possible without you.

Dylan Geraets,

Brussels, spring 2017.

*   The views expressed in this volume do not express those of Mayer Brown LLP, nor those of its clients.