New publications from OECD, late January 2018

New OECD publications have been uploaded to the OECD iLibrary, a comprehensive digital repository of books, papers, and statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Titles recently added include:

These volumes and more are accessible from the OECD iLibrary by WTO staff and WTO Library patrons.

New statistical publications from OECD, late January 2018

New OECD publications have been uploaded to the OECD iLibrary, a comprehensive digital repository of books, papers, and statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Titles recently added include:

  • Main Economic Indicators (volume 2018, issue 1)
  • Quarterly National Accounts (volume 2017, issue 3)

These volumes and more are accessible from the OECD iLibrary by WTO staff and WTO Library patrons.

Plurilateral trade agreements: an escape route to the WTO? By Rudolf Adlung and Hamid Mamdouh.

Due to the persistent stalemate in the WTO ’ s Doha Round negotiations, various smaller-scale options have drawn attention in recent years, including the negotiation of plurilateral agreements (PAs) among interested governments. There are essentially two types of such agreements, an exclusive and an open variant. While the former apply among the signatories only, the latter are implemented on a Most-favoured-Nation (MFN) basis. To preclude ‘ free riding ’ , the entry into force of such open PAs is usually conditioned on the participation of a ‘ critical mass ’ of countries, representing market shares of some 80% or more – quite a challenging benchmark. To promote more frequent use of PAs, given the plethora of pressing policy concerns, whether investment-, competition- or labour-related, the negotiation of exclusive agreements is being (re-)considered in current discussions. However, the entry into force of any non-MFN-based agreement would need to be accepted by consensus among all 160-odd WTO Members, and this may prove virtually impossible to achieve. This article thus proposes, based on past experience, to further explore the potential for open PAs among interested Members in the form of co-ordinated improvements of current commitments or, if not covered by the existing WTO framework, by way of ‘WTOextra ’ understandings.

http://www.kluwerlawonline.com/document.php?id=TRAD2018005

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The Case for dropping preferential rules of origin by Petros C. Mavroidis and Edwin Vermulst.

In this article, we argue that the world trading system could do without preferential rules of origin. Preferences can be granted on the basis of most favoured nation (MFN) rules of origin anyway. Empirical literature suggests that, if the purpose for enacting preferential rules of origin was to facilitate commerce or promote inward investment, then their implementation has in practice defeated the purpose. Beneficiaries of preferences often prefer to trade using MFN rules of origin, rather than going though cumbersome procedures to show that they can ‘benefit’ from preferential rules. Thus, in the end, preferential rules of origin are neither necessary for preferences to be granted, nor have they facilitated trade or investment. Our policy recommendation for the negotiators of the Harmonized Working Programme (HWP), which aims to establish common rules of origin for all WTO members, is to also decide to outlaw preferential rules of origin.

http://www.kluwerlawonline.com/document.php?id=TRAD2018001

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Exclusionary Rules of Origin of mega-RTAs under WTO law : mega-RTA ‘fracturung’ its overlapping RTA by Jong Bum Kim.

A mega-RTA such as the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) or the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) may overlap another RTA, with the result that some of the parties to the mega-RTA’s overlapping RTA may become common parties, while others may remain as single-agreement parties. If the mega-RTA provides rules of origin based on the change in tariff classification (CTC)-with-exception criterion such as yarn-forward rules, the rules of origin will become more restrictive with respect to the imports of the excluded intermediate goods from the single-agreement parties after the formation of the mega-RTA than before, thus failing to meet the requirement under GATT Article XXIV:5. The exclusionary rules of origin of the mega-RTA draw the trade away from the single-agreement parties, causing ‘fracture’ in the mega-RTA’s overlapping RTA. As a legal remedy to the problem, the mega-RTA should eliminate the restriction from the CTC-with-exception criterion by adopting the rules of origin based on the non-exclusionary criteria such as the value-added or the CTC criterion that does not presumptively exclude the use of certain non-originating intermediate inputs.

https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474745617000040

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Library acquisitions — December 2017

We are pleased to share our list of selected new acquisitions from December 2017. You can send your requests to Web.Librarian@wto.org.

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Covers Title, Authors/Editor details, WTO catalogue records email request links Previews
The Cambridge handbook of antitrust, intellectual property, and high tech / edited by Roger D. Blair, D. Daniel Sokol.

WTO catalogue : http://wto.aquabrowser.com/?itemid=|WTO-Marc|1927042

Request: web.librarian@wto.org

Preview: https://goo.gl/2nQcBm

Capitalism without capital : the rise of the intangible economy / Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake.

WTO catalogue : http://wto.aquabrowser.com/?itemid=|WTO-Marc|1927044

Request: web.librarian@wto.org

Preview: https://goo.gl/B1opf1

International Geneva : 100 years of architecture / Joëlle Kuntz.

WTO catalogue : http://wto.aquabrowser.com/?itemid=|WTO-Marc|1927040

Request: web.librarian@wto.org

Preview: https://goo.gl/uMmTyb

Manual sobre el Sistema de Solución de Diferencias de la OMC / preparada por la División de Asuntos Jurídicos y la División de Normas de la Secretaría de la OMC, y la Secretaría del Órgano de Apelación.

WTO catalogue : http://wto.aquabrowser.com/?itemid=|WTO-Marc|1927050

Request: web.librarian@wto.org

Full-text: https://goo.gl/AA5ztU

The next factory of the world : how Chinese investment is reshaping Africa / Irene Yuan Sun.

WTO catalogue : http://wto.aquabrowser.com/?itemid=|WTO-Marc|1927056

Request: web.librarian@wto.org

Preview: https://goo.gl/U8Bkwm

Postal services in the digital age / edited by Matthias Finger, Bernhard Bukovc and Muqbil Burhan.

WTO catalogue : http://wto.aquabrowser.com/?itemid=|WTO-Marc|1926950

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Preview: https://goo.gl/Pfi1Qi

Promoting trade competitiveness in developing countries / edited by Wineaster Anderson, Marcellina M. Chijoriga and John R.M. Philemon.

WTO catalogue : http://wto.aquabrowser.com/?itemid=|WTO-Marc|1927034

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Preview: https://goo.gl/KpMk2g

Sweet talk : paternalism and collective action in north-south trade relations / J. P. Singh.

WTO catalogue : http://wto.aquabrowser.com/?itemid=|WTO-Marc|1927054

Request: web.librarian@wto.org

Preview: https://goo.gl/PcBxZH

Vliianie preferentsialʹnykh torgovykh soglasheniĭ na mnogostoronniuiu torgovuiu sistemu / V.K. Remchukova.

WTO catalogue : http://wto.aquabrowser.com/?itemid=|WTO-Marc|1927029

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The WTO agreements : the Marrakesh agreement establishing the World Trade Organization and its annexes / World Trade Organization.

WTO catalogue : http://wto.aquabrowser.com/?itemid=|WTO-Marc|1927052

Request: web.librarian@wto.org

Preview https://goo.gl/7fFCwv

 

New publications from OECD, mid January 2018

New OECD publications have been uploaded to the OECD iLibrary, a comprehensive digital repository of books, papers, and statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Titles recently added include:

These volumes and more are accessible from the OECD iLibrary by WTO staff and WTO Library patrons.