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Panel #1 Discussion Questions on Doha Round Appraisal and Implications

International Law Review 2008 Symposium

"WTO Law and Practice: The State of the Discipline"

Sungjoon Cho

  1. Is there anything special about the current deadlock in the Doha round negotiation in comparison with other major trade negotiations, such as the Uruguay Round? If the current round is unique, on what grounds? Would the deadlock be attributable to certain players (such as China, India and Brazil) and/or to certain subjects (such as agriculture)? 
  2. Which group of countries should take the blame for the current stalemate, developed countries (such as the U.S. and the EU) or developing countries (such as Brazil and India)? 
  3. Has the characterization of the Doha round as a "development round" negatively affected the negotiation? 
  4. Could the Doha round negotiation be concluded this year? If a deal was sealed, could major members, such as the U.S., the EC and India, deliver ratifications in the near future? 
  5. Should the WTO's Director-General, Pascal Lamy, play a more active role to save the Doha round talks? 
  6. What are the most sticking points under the current negotiations? 
  7. How much (or how many areas) could (or should) a successful Doha package cover from a realistic standpoint? 
  8. What kind of consequences would the collapse of the Doha round talks bring to the WTO system and its members?

If successfully concluded, would the Doha round truly help the world's poor?