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World Trade Law after NeoliberalismReimagining the Global Economic Order$
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Andrew Lang

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199592647

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592647.001.0001

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Trade in Services

Trade in Services

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World Trade Law after Neoliberalism

Andrew Lang

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a case study of the processes described in a general way in the previous chapter. The purpose is to illustrate and explore in greater depth the operation of the technicalized legal imagination, the genesis of which was described in Chapter 8. More specifically, it is to describe and understand the processes by which particular forms of technical knowledge come to guide the elaboration, application, and interpretation of international trade law, and come to be sedimented within the background commonsense that sustains and informs the operation of the World Trade Organization's legal system. The case study used is that of trade in services. One of the major innovations of the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations was the creation of the General Agreement on Trade in Services. This agreement, which establishes a legal framework for the progressive liberalization of international trade in services, is in many respects an exemplary product of the formal-technical legal order described in Chapter 8.

Keywords:   trade in services, legal system, General Agreement on Trade in Services, GATS, legal framework

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