A Plurilateral Agenda for Services? Assessing the case for a Trade in Services Agreement (TISA)

Sauvé, Pierre (May 2013). A Plurilateral Agenda for Services? Assessing the case for a Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) (NCCR Trade Working Paper 2013/29). Bern: NCCR Trade Regulation

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This paper explores a number of procedural and substantive considerations arising from ongoing attempts to craft a plurilateral Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) among the so-called “Really Good Friends of Services” coalition of WTO Members. The paper suggests that considerable scope exists to move forward a multilateral negotiating agenda on services that both the digital revolution and a continued surge of preferential rule-making has rendered increasingly obsolete. As the most significant attempt to date to craft a GATS Article V-compatible PTA in services, TISA offers considerable promise. The paper, however, cautions that the case for embedding TISA into the architecture of WTO rules alongside the General Agreement on Trade in Services or in its place is weak on both procedural and substantive grounds to the extent that the ongoing talks take place behind doors that remain closed even to the WTO Secretariat, let alone to many of the world’s leading developing country suppliers of services, and involve potentially significant departures from GATS rules liable to complicate any hoped for multilateral migratory journey.

Key words: WTO, GATS, trade in services, plurilateral agreements, critical mass negotiations, preferential trade liberalization.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

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

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation

UniBE Contributor:

Sauvé, Pierre

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law

Series:

NCCR Trade Working Paper

Publisher:

NCCR Trade Regulation

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Pablo Rahul Das

Date Deposited:

08 Jul 2016 14:18

Last Modified:

14 Mar 2021 13:49

Related URLs:

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.83932

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/83932

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