In this lecture, Thomas Cottier addresses the current role of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its relationship to preferential trade agreements, in particular the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the emerging Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the United States and European Union, all of which rely on WTO disciplines.
Cottier, who is emeritus professor at the University of Bern and former managing director of the World Trade Institute, sees the WTO and these agreements forming a system of common law of international trade. He draws conclusions for the future architecture of dispute settlement and for a future agenda of negotiations at the WTO, focusing on regulatory issues in different sectors and combining goods, services, intellectual property, competition and investment rules.
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