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The EU-ACP economic partnership agreements and the development question : constraints and opportunities posed by Article XX1V and special and differential treatment provisions of the WTO.

Ochieng, Cosmas C. M. (2007) The EU-ACP economic partnership agreements and the development question : constraints and opportunities posed by Article XX1V and special and differential treatment provisions of the WTO. Journal of International Economic Law, 10 (2). pp. 363-395. ISSN 1369-3034

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Abstract

This article argues that Article XXIV and special and differential treatment (SDT) provisions of the WTO present a number of constraints and opportunities to the design and scope of the proposed economic partnership agreements between the European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. It examines the negotiating positions of both sides to argue that were the EU's position to prevail, ACP and other developing countries would likely suffer an erosion of the development principles embedded within the WTO. It is shown that the differences between the two groups over the desirability and/or applicability of negotiating free trade agreements between developed and developing countries under the strict jurisdiction of Article XXIV, and of negotiating agreements on services and the Singapore Issues , amount to a contestation over the principles of reciprocity and SDT within the WTO, and of the scope of the WTO.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of International Economic Law
Uncontrolled Keywords: EPAs ; Regional Trade Agreements ; ACP-EU
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 34751
Deposited By: Dr Cosmas M O Ochieng
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2010 16:12
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2013 13:32
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/34751

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