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Private rights vs public standards in the WTO.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>06/2003
<mark>Journal</mark>Review of International Political Economy
Issue number3
Number of pages29
Pages (from-to)377-405
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish


The WTO is a central node of the re-regulation of the global economy. The priority it gives to liberalization makes it inappropriate for further `constitutionalization', as some have argued, since this would further entrench a neo-liberal form of regulation. A better balance between the market-opening obligations of the WTO and national and international regulatory standards requires more deference by the WTO to the appropriate roles of other bodies, as well as to national states, for example by applying the `margin of appreciation' principle.

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The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Review of International Political Economy, 10 (3), 2003, © Informa Plc