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Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO Legal System$
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Lorand Bartels and Federico Ortino

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206995

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206995.001.0001

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Constitutional Functions of the WTO and Regional Trade Agreements

Constitutional Functions of the WTO and Regional Trade Agreements

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(p.43) 3 Constitutional Functions of the WTO and Regional Trade Agreements
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Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO Legal System
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Thomas Cottier

Marina Foltea

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206995.003.0004

This chapter examines the guiding principles of the World Trade Organization (WTO) with respect to regional trade agreements (RTA). It discusses the economic and political reasons behind RTA and describes the rules as applied in practice and in WTO jurisprudence. It attempts to clarify the WTO–RTA relationship in the context of the treaty law framework and provides recommendations for reform developed within the framework of the Doha Development Agenda.

Keywords:   regional trade agreements, WTO, guiding principles, WTO–RTA relationship, treaty law, Doha Development Agenda

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