The Chinese translation of Redesigning the World Trade Organization for the Twenty-first Century is the result of research supported by CIGI that presents innovative, practical proposals for change in the WTO. Released in China at the start of 2011, the publication is a partnership among CIGI, the International Development Research Centre, the Emerging Dynamic Global Economies Network (EDGE) and the Shanghai People's Publishing House (SPPH) in collaboration with the Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). In the words of Julio Lacarte Muro, first chair of the WTO Appellate Body and chair of the Uruguay Round negotiations, the book "lays out proposals that are likely to become a blueprint for reform of the WTO as an institution."
The volume's editor, CIGI Senior Fellow and University of Ottawa law professor Debra Steger, was the first director of the Appellate Body Secretariat. The studies in the book focus on five areas critical to WTO reform: transparency, decision- and rule-making procedures, internal management structures, participation by non-governmental organizations and civil society, and the WTO's relationship with regional trade agreements.
This book is number six in the scholarly series China and International Organizations (CIO) co-published by SISU and SPPH. The Chinese translation of the English edition is timely. The series was recently promoted to be a "key national publication" under China's Twelfth Five-Year Book Publication Plan, helping to ensure that it will reach the attention of influential policy makers and scholars in China. This is not the first CIGI-supported work to appear in the CIO series. The editors chose Emerging Powers in Global Governance: Lessons from the Heiligendamm Process (CIGI and Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2008), for the series launch.
CIGI published the English edition of Redesigning the World Trade Organization for the Twenty-first Century in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Wilfrid Laurier Press at the start of 2010.