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The World Trade Organization (WTO) is in the midst of a series of crises: its dispute system is struggling to function; its director‐general stepped down early; a U.S. senator is publicly advocating for it to be “abolished”; and it has been decades since a major new round of liberalization has been completed. On the other hand, its regular work of monitoring and discussing governments’ trade policies is continuing; governments are finding workarounds for the dispute process; and there have been low‐profile deals struck in a number of policy areas. Are the straits as dire for the WTO as they sometimes seem, or is it simply in need of minor tweaks and new global leadership? What does the future hold for the WTO?
- “Trade Justice Delayed Is Trade Justice Denied: How to Make WTO Dispute Settlement Faster and More Effective,” by James Bacchus and Simon Lester
- “Of Precedent and Persuasion: The Crucial Role of an Appeals Court in WTO Disputes,” by Simon Lester and James Bacchus
- “The Development Dimension: What to Do about Differential Treatment in Trade,” by James Bacchus and Inu Manak
- “Was Buenos Aires the Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning? The Future of the World Trade Organization,” by James Bacchus
- “Let’s Have That Much Needed Debate About the World Trade Organization,” by Daniel Ikenson