The EU as an Effective Trade Power? Strategic Choice of Judicial Candidates in the Context of the World Trade Organization

Elsig, Manfred (2013). The EU as an Effective Trade Power? Strategic Choice of Judicial Candidates in the Context of the World Trade Organization. International relations, 27(3), pp. 325-340. Sage 10.1177/0047117813497301

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Drawing on the European Union (EU) foreign policy literature on effectiveness, this article studies how the European Union chooses judges to serve on the World Trade Organization’s key judicial institution: the Appellate Body. Conceptually, the article differentiates between effectiveness in representation and effectiveness in impact. The article shows how delegation to the European Commission has increased the strategic agenda-setting power for championing its preferred candidates. The article further compares European and US practice in nominating candidates. Overall, the article finds that effectiveness in representation has increased over time. In terms of effectiveness in impact, the article shows how the international environment conditions the EU’s influence. The article also exposes the difficulties of studying the effectiveness of EU external relations due to the peculiar decision-making processes dominant in judicial bodies.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation

UniBE Contributor:

Elsig, Manfred

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1741-2862

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Manfred Elsig

Date Deposited:

02 Apr 2014 10:53

Last Modified:

31 May 2017 12:39

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/0047117813497301

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.39898

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/39898

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