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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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Chapter 2: Membership of the GATT 1947 and the WTO

A Legal Analysis

Dylan Geraets

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This chapter examines the process of accession to the multilateral system as formed initially by the GATT 1947 and subsequently by the WTO. The purpose of the chapter is to find an answer to the question why the process of accession remained unaltered in the course of the Uruguay Round. It will be established that, contrary to many of the other institutional features of the multilateral trading system, such as dispute settlement, the process of accession was not formally ‘legalized’. After a descriptive exercise in which the evolution of the WTO membership is provided, attention turns towards the process of accession itself. Finally, the chapter discusses negotiating efforts aimed at simplifying the WTO accession process that took place at several Ministerial Conferences.

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