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II the Dynamics of a Regime

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This chapter explores the nature of regime theory and its relationship to legal scholarship. This is followed with a reading of the WTO as a regime, beginning with an examination of the practice of regime analysis with respect to the former GATT trade barriers regime and the international regime for the protection of human rights. Regime theory is then applied to the WTO and in doing so three specific questions are addressed. First, what does regime theory tell us about the development of the WTO that international institutional law does not? Second, what are some of the consequences of reading the WTO as a regime rather than as an international organisation? Third, do those consequences say anything about prospective institutional and normative developments at the WTO? A number of conclusions are drawn from the preceding analysis that results from reading the WTO as a regime.

Keywords: international institutional law; international legal scholarship; Regime theory; WTO



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