Redesigning the World Trade Organization for the Twenty-first Century

Published: December 14, 2009

Two high-level commissions — the Sutherland report in 2004, and the Warwick Commission report in 2007 — addressed the future of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and made proposals for incremental reform. This book goes further; it explains why institutional reform of the WTO is needed at this critical juncture in world history and provides innovative, practical proposals for modernizing the WTO to enable it to respond to the challenges of the twenty-first century. Contributors focus on five critical areas: transparency, decision- and rule-making procedures, internal management structures, participation by non-governmental organizations and civil society and relationships with regional trade agreements.

The book was co-published by CIGI, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Wilfrid Laurier University Press as part of the Studies in International Governance series. It is available in print and online.

Click here for the Chinese edition of this book published by the Shanghai People's Publishing House in 2010.

Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Debra Steger is professor emerita at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and a senior fellow at CIGI and the C. D. Howe Institute. She was the first director of the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization.