WTO Domestic Regulation and Services Trade

Putting Principles into Practice

Domestic regulation of services has a significant impact on the liberalization of trade in services. WTO members have agreed to negotiate a set of disciplines to ensure that such regulations are not unduly burdensome on trade. This book contains analyses and case studies from academics, regulators and trade experts exploring the scope of WTO legal principles to promote domestic regulatory reform and how domestic regulation is implemented in practice.

The book explores the theoretical underpinnings for regulation,the problems that regulation is typically intended to resolve and the potential consequences for services trade.

Legal essays delve deep into each of the main domestic regulation principles which trade negotiators have been seeking to craft to reduce the impact of regulatory diversity, to simplify procedures and make them more transparent and to avoid unnecessary complexity or disguised restrictions.

Country and sector-specific case studies focus on a particular regulatory experience or challenge; they discuss general approaches, mechanisms or solutions that have been applied across a range of sectors. The case studies help shed light on how some of the issues which have been discussed in the domestic regulation disciplines have surfaced or been addressed at the sector level.

The findings will interest trade officials, policymakers, regulators, think tanks and businesses concerned with the implications of domestic regulation on access to services markets, and with the opportunities for formulating trade disciplines in this area.

It is also a useful resource for academics and students researching egulatory approaches and practices in service sectors.

Co-published with Cambridge University Press in 2014

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