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A reform perspective for the WTO after Bali

Lessons for Director-general Roberto Azevêdo

Roberto Azevêdo, the new WTO head, has earned praise for avoiding the implosion that has characterized many past WTO meetings and instead securing a deal (>>> Limitations of the Bali package). However, the real question is what lesson the new Director General should draw from his intense first few months of WTO leadership, write Lori Wallach and Ben Beachy.


The Bali deal indicates that, while attempts to expand the scope and jurisdiction of the WTO do not enjoy support from most member countries, Azevêdo may find more support in heeding longstanding calls to alter existing WTO rules. If Azevêdo is to take this lesson to heart and chart a new direction for the world’s most powerful commerce organization, he can take a cue from his home country. Brazil has proven successful in challenging old globalization agendas and crafting its own trade policy ...

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Brazil’s wise refusal of old globalization agendas
A wave of ISDR cases
Brazil vs. Peru
Other countries following Brazil’s lead

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