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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 6: Mapping exercise: the results

A Legal Analysis

Dylan Geraets

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Chapter 6 presents the findings of the mapping exercise carried out in respect of the results of all 36 WTO accessions completed so far. Using the typology developed in Chapter 5, the commitments are analysed and examined in order to obtain a more precise picture of the scope and prevalence of the rules commitments that arguably exceed the WTO baseline. This chapter also examines to what extent certain commitments deviate from the baseline obligations in the WTO Agreement. Particular emphasis is placed on those commitments that exemplify new trends in international trade lawmaking. In areas such as technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures and transparency, commitments have been undertaken that fit well within the current trend of focusing on concepts such as ‘regulatory cooperation’ in trade agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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