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Between Law and DiplomacyThe Social Contexts of Disputing at the World Trade Organization$
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Joseph Conti

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804771436

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804771436.001.0001

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Power, Law, and the Future of the Global Trading System

Power, Law, and the Future of the Global Trading System

(p.161) Chapter Seven Power, Law, and the Future of the Global Trading System
Between Law and Diplomacy
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This chapter looks at the evidence presented throughout the book to describe the rise of the supranational authority of law and the role that it is playing in the reconfiguration of power relations in the global economy. It considers the future of the international trading system and what can be done to use the WTO as a site for reforming the inequalities of the modern world system. The field of WTO law has internalized states, placing even powerful countries on its terrain. From the legal architecture of the global economy has emerged supranational authority over states. While the field of WTO law remains emergent, the trajectory is for increased legalization, increased institutional and legal complexity, and greater investment in the global force of law.

Keywords:   authority of law, power relations, global economy, international trading system, WTO

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