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Multilateralizing Regionalism

Challenges for the Global Trading System

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Edited by Richard Baldwin
Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales, Geneva
Patrick Low
World Trade Organization, Geneva

Regional trade agreements (RTAs) have proliferated around the world in the past two decades, and now nearly all members of the WTO are party to at least one. Besides tariffs and rules of origin regulating trade in goods, many RTAs now include provisions on services, investments, technical barriers to trade and competition rules, as well as a host of issues not directly related to trade. The geographic reach of RTAs is expanding, with transcontinental agreements spreading forcefully alongside intra-regional agreements. ‘Multilateralizing Regionalism’ was the title of a major conference held from 10–12 September 2007 at the WTO in Geneva. Brought together in this publication, the conference papers achieve two things. First, they marshall detailed, new empirical work on the nature of the ‘Spaghetti Bowl’ and the problems it poses for the multilateral trade system. Second, they contribute fresh and creative thinking on how to ‘tame the tangle’ of regional trade agreements.

Published February 2009 | 542 pages | 228 x 152 mm | Weight: 1.200 kg

• Revised papers benefit from discussion between 70 trade scholars and analysts, as well as over 100 members of the various national delegations of the WTO
• Examines how to globalise the benefits of regional liberalisation, the key problem for policy makers who believe the post-war multilateral trading regime of the GATT/WTO is worth saving
• Further advances the discussion over how to multilateralise the benefits of regional liberalisation

Foreword Pascal Lamy; Introduction Richard Baldwin and Patrick Low; Part I. Background to Regionalism: 1. An historical perspective of regionalism Theresa Carpenter; 2. The landscape of regional trade arrangements and WTO surveillance Roberto V. Fiorentino, Jo-Ann Crawford and Christelle Toqueboeuf; Part II. Multilateralisaton – Prospects and Past Experience: 3. Beyond tariffs: multilateralising non-tariff RTA commitments Simon Evenett and Patrick Low; Comment S. Miroudot; 4. Multilateralising regionalism: lessons from the EU experience in relaxing rules of origin Michael Gasiorek; 5. The information technology agreement: sui generis or model stepping stone? Catherine Mann and Xuepeng Liu; Comment Alejandro Jara; Part III. Multilateralisation – Sectors and Themes: 6. Services provisions in regional trade agreements: stumbling or building blocks for multilateral liberalization? Carsten Fink and Marion Jansen; 7. Harmonizing preferential rules of origin regimes around the world Jeremy Harris; Comment Olivier Cadot; 8. Legal avenues to ‘multilateralising regionalism’: beyond article XXIV Joost Pauwelyn; Part IV. Multilateralization – Regional Perspectives: 9. Multilateralising regionalism: case study of African regionalism Peter Draper and Mzukisi Qobo; 10. Multilateralising RTAs in the Americas Antoni Estevadeordal, Matthew Shearer and Kati Suominen; Comment Marcelo Olearraga; 11. Multilateralising regional trade arrangements in Asia Masahiro Kawai and Ganesh Wignaraja; Comment I. Cheong; 12. Fitting Asia-Pacific agreements into the WTO system Gary Hufbauer and Jeffrey Shott; 13. Multilateralising preferential trade agreements: a developing country perspective Bernard Hoekman and L. Alan Winters; Comment P. Levy; 14. The challenge of negotiating RTAs for developing countries. What could the WTO do to help? Jim Rollo; Comment C. Barfield.

Pascal Lamy, Richard Baldwin, Patrick Low, Theresa Carpenter, Roberto V. Fiorentino, Jo-Ann Crawford, Christelle Toqueboeuf, Simon Evenett, S. Miroudot, Michael Gasiorek, Catherine Mann, Xuepeng Liu, Alejandro Jara, Carsten Fink, Marion Jansen, Jeremy Harris, Olivier Cadot, Joost Pauwelyn, Peter Draper, Mzukisi Qobo, Antoni Estevadeordal, Matthew Shearer, Kati Suominen, Marcelo Olearraga, Masahiro Kawai, Ganesh Wignaraja, I. Cheong, Gary Hufbauer, Jeffrey Shott, Bernard Hoekman, L. Alan Winters, P. Levy, Jim Rollo, C. Barfield

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Also available through the co-publisher (Cambridge University Press)