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The Genesis of the GATT (The American Law Institute Reporters Studies on WTO Law)

The Genesis of the GATT (The American Law Institute Reporters Studies on WTO Law)

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Douglas A. Irwin, Petros C. Mavroidis, Alan O. Sykes
Cambridge University Press, 6/16/2008
EAN 9780521515610, ISBN10: 0521515610

Hardcover, 328 pages, 23.3 x 15.8 x 2.5 cm
Language: English

This book is part of a wider project on the economic logic behind the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). This volume asks: What does the historical record indicate about the aims and objectives of the framers of the GATT? Where did the provisions of the GATT come from and how did they evolve through various international meetings and drafts? To what extent does the historical record provide support for one or more of the economic rationales for the GATT? This book examines the motivations and contributions of the two main framers of the GATT, the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as the smaller role of other countries. The framers desired a commercial agreement on trade practices as well as negotiated reductions in trade barriers. Both were sought as a way to expand international trade to promote world prosperity, restrict the use of discriminatory policies to reduce conflict over trade, and thereby establish economic foundations for maintaining world peace.

1. The creation of the GATT
2. The negotiation of the GATT
3. The rationales for the GATT
Annex A. Documents relating to the negotiations
Annex B. Negotiating committees and subcommittees.