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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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Is Mutual Recognition an Alternative to Harmonization? Lessons on Trade and Tolerance of Diversity from the EU

Is Mutual Recognition an Alternative to Harmonization? Lessons on Trade and Tolerance of Diversity from the EU

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(p.265) 11 Is Mutual Recognition an Alternative to Harmonization? Lessons on Trade and Tolerance of Diversity from the EU
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Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO Legal System
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Gareth Davies

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206995.003.0012

This chapter discusses the lessons from the European Union's (EU) experience with mutual recognition of standards for goods and services that may be applicable to other regional trade agreements (RTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). It examines the nature of the dichotomy between mutual recognition and harmonization in an abstract way and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of mutual recognition. It explains that while mutual recognition offers an attractive alternative to harmonized rules it has a self-destructive quality, and while it is effective in enabling trade it rapidly creates the conditions in which domestic lobbies push for harmonized rules.

Keywords:   mutual recognition, European Union, regional trade agreements, WTO, harmonized rules, trade regulation

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