As has now been reported, the US trade representative levied a critique against the body largely focusing largely on three themes:

First, that some wealthy emerging countries are masquerading as “developing”—and in the process avoiding implementing their WTO commitments

Second, and similarly, development-status (and presumably the development agenda) allows rules to “only apply to a few and that others will be given a pass.”

And finally, that many countries—presumably developing and developed—are leveraging the WTO’s dispute resolution mechanisms to circumvent bargaining where the US, as a large economy, would have competitive advantages

Of course, many, if not all of these arguments are themselves subject to at least some dispute, especially in light of the US’s role in creating the WTO and crafting its rules and enforcement organs—but also winning in WTO litigation.

Comments are closed.