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Multilateralizing Regionalism
Challenges for the Global Trading System

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  • Editors:
  • Richard Baldwin, Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales, Geneva
  • Patrick Low, World Trade Organization, Geneva
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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  • Date Published: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521506014

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  • 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. Together, 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 angle’ of regional trade agreements.

    • 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
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    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521506014
    • length: 742 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 36 mm
    • weight: 1.15kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Editors

    Richard Baldwin, Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales, Geneva
    Patrick Low is Chief Economist (Director of Economic Research and Statistics) at the World Trade Organization.

    Patrick Low, World Trade Organization, Geneva
    Richard Baldwin is Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

    Contributors

    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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