The Most Fundamental Problems Afflicting the Multilateral Trade Regime and How They Might be Resolved

Georgia Giannakarou


In this essay, I deal with the most fundamental problems and challenges afflicting the multilateral regime currently. Discussing whether, and to what extent, the WTO crisis is self-inflicted, or totally external, or, better, a mixed one, I argue that there are three main types of WTO problems, (a) existential, (b) procedural or functional and (c) external or trade-related ones, and shedding light onto previous recommendations and sometimes building on them, I come up with some suggestions as possible solutions to these problems.


multilateral trade regime, current challenges, existential problems, procedural or functional problems, external or trade-related problems


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