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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 7: Concluding remarks

A Legal Analysis

Dylan Geraets

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Chapter 7 summarizes the main findings of this book. It reflects on the results of the mapping exercise and discusses the way in which the accession process has evolved. There are different categories of WTO Members with different levels of commitments made as part of their accession process. This is inherent in Article XII of the WTO Agreement, which refers to ‘terms to be agreed’. The concerns that have been raised in respect of the length and scope of the accession process have not resulted in a reduction in the applications for membership or a reduction in the use that has been made of the dispute settlement system. After considering the experience of the 36 Members that have acceded under Article XII of the WTO Agreement, Chapter 7 proposes general recommendations to take into account when submitting a WTO-accession bid.

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