We'll Always have Geneva: The Existential Crisis of the US-led Multilateral Trading System and the EU Reactions

Hahn, Michael (2019). We'll Always have Geneva: The Existential Crisis of the US-led Multilateral Trading System and the EU Reactions. In: Govaere, Inge; Garben, Sacha (eds.) The Interface between EU and International Law: Contemporary Reflections. Modern Studies in European Law: Vol. 89 (pp. 269-292). Oxford: Hart Publishing

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The chapter examines the EU’s reaction to the “existential crisis of the US-led multilateral trading system” brought about by the Trump administration. According to the author, the central takeaway is not the fact that the current US administration is considering measures potentially incompatible with the World Trade Organization (WTO), as many states have done that in the past, and pushing the envelope of legality has a long and distinguished pedigree. Instead, what is disturbing, is that WTO law compatibility seems to not be any longer part of the political calculus. In reaction to the US position, the EU has engaged in multiple efforts to strengthen its rules-based approach to international economic governance, seeking common ground and attempting to build bridges. The US measures concerning steel and aluminium, however, seem to call for a tougher response, but still based on international law rather than in contradiction with it. Indeed, by comparison the EU can be considered a poster child for the multilateral world order, its sometimes selective or even selfish treatment of international law notwithstanding.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > Institute of European and International Economic Law
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

02 Faculty of Law > Other Institutions > Teaching Staff, Faculty of Law

UniBE Contributor:

Hahn, Michael Johannes

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation

ISBN:

9781509923380

Series:

Modern Studies in European Law

Publisher:

Hart Publishing

Language:

English

Submitter:

Rachel Liechti-Mc Kee

Date Deposited:

20 Jun 2019 14:29

Last Modified:

20 Jun 2019 14:29

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/130583

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