The Resource Preferentialism in services trade : an interpretation of the WTO rules and their application to the European Union's trade agreements in the field of services, Johanna Jacobsson

Preferentialism in services trade : an interpretation of the WTO rules and their application to the European Union's trade agreements in the field of services, Johanna Jacobsson

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Preferentialism in services trade : an interpretation of the WTO rules and their application to the European Union's trade agreements in the field of services
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Preferentialism in services trade
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an interpretation of the WTO rules and their application to the European Union's trade agreements in the field of services
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Johanna Jacobsson
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eng
Summary
The thesis focuses on the liberalization of services in the context of preferential trade agreements (PTAs). The first part develops an interpretation of Article V of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) that regulates the conclusion of the so-called economic integration agreements (EIAs). It is argued that in the context of preferentialism, the GATS does not impose any market access discipline but aims at creating a non-discriminatory trading environment. Special attention is paid to Mode 4 and to the type of liberalization that it covers. In the second part of the thesis the main elements of Article V GATS (sectoral/modal coverage and non-discrimination) are employed to conduct an empirical analysis of EIAs. The chosen sample includes four of the European Union’s international trade agreements that feature significant services liberalization. The services schedules of these four agreements are reviewed and rated to find out their level of liberalization. In the context of the EU, its services commitments continue, to a large extent, to be determined individually by its Member States. As the thesis shows, significant variations still exist among different Member States both in horizontal and sector-specific commitments. The thesis connects the EU’s internal situation to the wider issue of how deep EIAs should be in order to escape claims of non-compliance. It asks the question of how the exact coverage and level of non-discrimination should be assessed in a situation where commitments vary across different states or regions of the same contracting party. No clear answer can be provided but the thesis proposes that in order to be in line with its international obligations, the EU, as well as any WTO Member with internally divided regulatory powers in services, should ensure that when signing EIAs, the commitments of all Member States (or, in the case of other WTO Members, all states/regions/other entities with regulatory powers in services) reach the GATS threshold of substantiality in their level of liberalization
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FIE
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Jacobsson, Johanna
Date time place
Defence date: 12 December 2016
Dissertation note
Thesis (Ph. D.)--European University Institute (LAW), 2016
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non fiction
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theses
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European University Institute
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  • EUI PhD theses.
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  • World Trade Organization
  • General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (Organization)
  • Foreign trade regulation
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Preferentialism in services trade : an interpretation of the WTO rules and their application to the European Union's trade agreements in the field of services, Johanna Jacobsson
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http://hdl.handle.net/1814/44488
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Examining Board: Professor Petros C. Mavroidis, European University Institute ; Professor Bernard M. Hoekman, European University Institut ; Judge Allan Rosas, Court of Justice of the European Union ; Professor Robert Wolfe, Queen's University, Canada
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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FIE
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
224 pages
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1088464112
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Preferentialism in services trade : an interpretation of the WTO rules and their application to the European Union's trade agreements in the field of services, Johanna Jacobsson
Link
http://hdl.handle.net/1814/44488
Publication
Note
Examining Board: Professor Petros C. Mavroidis, European University Institute ; Professor Bernard M. Hoekman, European University Institut ; Judge Allan Rosas, Court of Justice of the European Union ; Professor Robert Wolfe, Queen's University, Canada
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
FIE
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
224 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1088464112

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