Special Agricultural Safeguards : Virtual Benefits and Real Costs—Lessons for the Doha Round

Author/Editor:

Jean-Jacques Hallaert

Publication Date:

June 1, 2005

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

In the Doha Round, negotiators are discussing the elimination or continuation of the special agricultural safeguards introduced by the Uruguay Round as well as the creation of special safeguard mechanism for use by developing countries. This paper argues that, in violation of the spirit of the WTO Agreement in Agriculture, the special agricultural safeguards have often been used as a prolonged protectionist device. It then draws lessons for the design of the special safeguard mechanism.

Series:

Working Paper No. 05/131

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

June 1, 2005

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451861501/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2005131

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

21

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