3 novembre 2016

OUVRAGE : R. Acharya (ed.), Regional Trade Agreements and the Multilateral Trading System


This volume contains a collection of studies examining trade-related issues negotiated in regional trade agreements (RTAs) and how RTAs are related to the WTO's rules. While previous work has focused on subsets of RTAs, these studies are based on what is probably the largest dataset used to date, and highlight key issues that have been negotiated in all RTAs notified to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). New rules within RTAs are compared to rules agreed upon by WTO members. The extent of their divergences and the potential implications for parties to RTAs, as well as for WTO members that are not parties to RTAs, are examined. This volume makes an important contribution to the current debate on the role of the WTO in regulating international trade and how WTO rules relate to new rules being developed by RTAs.


List of figures
List of tables
Annex tables
Notes on contributors

Roberto Azevêdo, Foreword
List of abbreviations and acronyms

Rohini Acharya, Introduction  Regional trade agreements: recent developments

1. Jo-Ann Crawford, Market access provisions on trade in goods in regional trade agreements 
2. Maria Donner Abreu, Preferential rules of origin in regional trade agreements 
3. Nora Neufeld, Trade facilitation under the regional trade agreement umbrella: origins and evolution 
4. Jean- Daniel Rey, Do regional anti- dumping regimes make a difference? 
5. Jo-Ann Crawford, Jo McKeagg, Julia Tolstova, Mapping of safeguard provisions in regional trade agreements 
6. Lee Ann Jackson, Hanna Vitikala, Cross-cutting issues in regional trade agreements: sanitary and phytosanitary measures 
7. Ana Cristina Molina, Vira Khoroshavina, Technical barriers to trade provisions in regional trade agreements: to what extent do they go beyond the WTO TBT Agreement? 
8. Pierre Latrille, Services rules in regional trade agreements: how diverse or creative are they compared to the multilateral rules?

9. Raymundo Valdés, Maegan McCann, Intellectual property provisions in regional trade agreements: revision and update 
10. Claude Chase, Alan Yanovich, Jo-Ann Crawford, Pamela Ugaz, Mapping of dispute settlement mechanisms in regional trade agreements – innovative or variations on a theme? 
11. Rohini Acharya, Some conclusions

Rohini ACHARYA (ed.), Regional Trade Agreements and the Multilateral Trading System, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2016 (750 pp.)


Rohini Acharya is a Counsellor with the World Trade Organization. She has a PhD in Economics and joined the WTO's Trade Policies Review Division in 1996, becoming Chief of its Regional Trade Agreements Section in January 2007. Previously she worked as Senior Research Fellow at the International Economics Programme of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London. Her work at the WTO has included the trade policy reviews of several WTO members, including Australia, Egypt, India, New Zealand and Singapore, and the first Trade Policy Review of China.

Jo-Ann Crawford, Maria Donner Abreu, Nora Neufeld, Jean-Daniel Rey, Jo McKeagg, Julia Tolstova, Lee Ann Jackson, Hanna Vitikala, Ana Cristina Molina, Vira Khoroshavina, Pierre Latrille, Raymundo Valdés, Maegan McCann, Claude Chase, Alan Yanovich, Pamela Ugaz, Rohini Acharya

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