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This chapter focuses on some of the main problems as being solved not by getting the WTO into the game, but by getting it out of a game in which it is already deeply implicated and in which its role is or could be very counter-productive. Then it develops two main strains of this line of thought. First, the chapter specifically addresses the issue of WTO agreements and their interpretation as a potential and serious constraint upon individual member states' efforts to address labour rights abuses. The key example is the problem of massive use of forced labour in Burma. The main focus of analysis is at the level of detailed WTO law and jurisprudence. The second line of development of our idea of getting the WTO out, rather than in, is at a more abstract level.

Keywords: Burma; labour rights; WTO



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