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International Trade Law and Domestic Policy

Canada, the United States, and the WTO

Critics of the World Trade Organization argue that its binding dispute settlement process imposes a neoliberal agenda on member states. If this is the case, why would any nation agree to participate? Jacqueline Krikorian explores this question by examining the impact of the WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism on domestic policies in the United States and Canada. She demonstrates that the WTO’s ability to influence domestic arrangements has been constrained by three factors: judicial deference, institutional arrangements, and strategic decision making by political elites in Ottawa and Washington.

320 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents

1 Judicial Review and the WTO

2 Courts and Public Policy Making

3 The Legalization of the GATT Trading Regime

4 The Establishment of the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism

5 Washington, Ottawa, and the WTO Agreement

6 The United States and the WTO

7 The United States, Trade Remedies, and the WTO

8 Canada and the WTO

9 The Impact of the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism on Domestic Law and Policy

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