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Fairness In The WTO Trading System

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Executive Summary

The authors first provide a brief critique of the utilitarian principle as a guide to fairness in the world trading system. They then turn to the alternative conception of fairness in terms of economic equity, exploring the meaning of its two components: equality of opportunity and distributive justice. They thereafter proceed to discuss the conditions of autonomy and reciprocity that have to be met in order to realize greater fairness in multilateral trade negotiations. Next, they comment on aspects of procedural justice that are necessary for the functioning of a fair trading system. Finally, they conclude with an overall assessment of the considerations of the fairness achieved in the Uruguay Round multilateral negotiations.

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