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Title: Special and differential treatment in the multilateral trading system
Authors: Kishore, Pallavi
Jindal Global Law School
Keywords: Special and differential treatment
World Trade Organization
Developing countries
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press , New York
Citation: Kishore, Pallavi. (2014). Special and differential treatment in the multilateral trading system. Chinese Journal of International Law, Vol 13 No 2: 363–394
Abstract: Special and differential treatment (S&DT) provisions relate to developing and least developed members of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The effectiveness of S&DT provisions is important because they (1) address asymmetries between members and (2) give the WTO a global character, i.e. it is perceived as catering to the interests of all its members. Have these provisions been effective? Not really. This is mainly because these provisions are nonbinding, ambiguous, unstructured and lack connectivity with each other. Developing countries claim they are best endeavour clauses and unrealistic. So how can these provisions be made effective? This article examines the concept of S&DT including its history, reasons behind its introduction and continuation, its merits and demerits, reasons for its success and failure, its jurisprudence, and provides suggestions for improvement.
Description: Scopus Index
ISSN: 1540-1650
Appears in Collections:JGU Research Publications

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