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WTO Regulation of Transnational Private Authority in Global Governance

Du, Michael (2018) WTO Regulation of Transnational Private Authority in Global Governance International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 67 (4). pp. 867-902.

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Following the proliferation of private standards in the global supply chain trade, it has become clear that these can have adverse effects on international commerce and world welfare in the same way that government-imposed mandatory regulations do. However, the scope of the obligation of WTO Members in relation to the regulation of private standards remains vague and open to divergent interpretations under WTO law. This article starts from the premise that the debate should move beyond the search for a reasonable interpretation of relevant WTO disciplines and instead begin to consider normative questions concerning the legitimacy and accountability of transnational private regulation in global governance and the potential role of the WTO in regulating such private authority. The article explores what justifies the role of the WTO, a multilateral intergovernmental organization, in regulating transnational private standards and how a regulatory mechanism might be designed and implemented in practice.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law
Authors :
Date : 13 September 2018
DOI : 10.1017/S0020589318000313
Copyright Disclaimer : COPYRIGHT: © British Institute of International and Comparative Law 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords : Private standards, WTO, legitimacy, transnational private authority, the SPS Agreement
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 18 Sep 2018 16:12
Last Modified : 23 Oct 2018 11:49

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