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The Constitutionalization of the World Trade Organization
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The Constitutionalization of the World Trade Organization: Legitimacy, Democracy, and Community in the International Trading System

Deborah Z. Cass


This is a book about the constitutionalization of the World Trade Organization, and the contemporary development of institutional forms and democratic ideas associated with constitutionalism within the world trading system. It is about constitutionalization enthusiasts who promote institutions, management techniques, rights discourse, and quasi-judicial power to construct a constitution for the WTO. It is about constitutional sceptics, who fear the effect the phenomenon of constitutionalization is having on the autonomy of states; the capacity of the WTO to consider non-economic and non-free-t ... More

Keywords: institutional forms, democratic ideas, constitutionalism, world trading system, management techniques, rights discourse, quasi-judicial power, trading democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199285846
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285846.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah Z. Cass, author
Reader in Law, London School of Economics and Political Science