The Death of the Doha Round. What Next for Services Trade?


With the indefinite suspension of the WTO multilateral trade negotiations in July 2006 by WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, the world trading system must now find ways and means to unblock what is perceived as a danger to the world order. This article analyzes the legal and policy implications of the currently fatal Doha Round for the two main developed WTO Members, i.e., the U.S. and the EC, and the most relevant developing countries of the WTO. The specific focus of attention will be mainly on services trade. Thoughts on alternative ways to move forward in the multilateral trading system are presented for a hopefully prompt resumption of the Doha talks.


Agriculture Law | Antitrust and Trade Regulation | Commercial Law | Comparative and Foreign Law | Contracts | Economics | International Law | International Trade Law | Law and Economics | Law and Politics

Date of this Version

September 2006