Transportation, cooperation, and harmonization: GATS as a gateway to integrating the UN’s Seaborne Cargo Regimes into the WTO

Zhao, Lijun (2015) Transportation, cooperation, and harmonization: GATS as a gateway to integrating the UN’s Seaborne Cargo Regimes into the WTO. Pace International Law Review, 27 (1). pp. 60-118. ISSN 1553-7897

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Abstract

This paper seeks to analyze how the World Trade Organization (WTO) may cooperate with the United Nations (UN) to unify seaborne cargo regimes. Beginning with the current dilemma of uniform maritime transport regime, the paper explores the relationship between the UN and the WTO. In light of the successful precedent of the incorporation the UN intellectual property regime into the WTO, this paper probes into the feasibility that the UN and the WTO may interactively unify a maritime transport regime by reference to selected previous treaties, which include UN-administrated treaties. The paper argues the WTO-based sea transport negotiations do not start from a zero basis so that it can be traced backwards to negotiating the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Having scrutinized the progress and regress in the negotiations so far under the WTO framework, this paper stresses the potential role of an annex on sea transport to GATS so as to address the issue of harmonization.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 15744
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Depositing User: Liz Lijun Zhao
Date Deposited: 05 May 2015 10:42
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2019 18:39
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/15744

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