Phase II Archive
 
WP2

Preferential Trade

The theme of regionalism is at the very heart of the debate between fragmentation and coherence in trade regulation. The dual-facetted nature of regionalism, which the protracted state of the Doha Development Agenda has exacerbated, has confirmed in the minds of many NCCR researchers the analytical need to deepen our understanding of the economic, legal and political motivations behind preferential trade agreements (PTAs), their contrasting and evolving substantive nature, the extent to and way in which PTAs have pushed the envelopes of rule-making and market opening beyond what exists or is contemplated at the WTO, their effects on trade and investment activity and the systemic impacts that the continued spread of PTAs may exert on the future of international trade regulation.
 

Cluster 1

Preferential trade

This cluster studies the trade dimensions of preferentialism, tackling some challenging aspects of the “new regionalism”. The emphasis is on gathering more systematic data on the design and effects of PTAs. The cluster also examines the nature of preferences in services trade, explores the forces shaping individual trade policy preferences, with a focus on Central America, and critically assesses the (non-) reciprocal nature of North–South PTAs and its implications for WTO rule-making.

Leadership:
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Related: publications
2.1.1

Preferential trade agreements: drivers, design ...

The main objective of this project is to produce a nove ...
2.1.2

Preferences in services

One of the striking features of trade diplomacy in rece ...
2.1.3

Trade policy preferences in developing countri ...

Economic integration processes are driven not only by t ...
2.1.4

Re-Examining reciprocity: North–South agreemen ...

The structure of the global trading system, and trade n ...
2.1.5

South–South preferential trade agreements (PTA ...

Recent years have seen a boom in South–South PTAs in se ...
 

Cluster 2

New challenges in investment law and policy

This cluster focuses on important issues in international investment law, one of the most dynamic areas of international economic regulation. Research centres on two areas. One is investor–state conflict management policies and mechanisms to complement existing methods of dispute resolution, as an alternative response to challenges raised by increased judicial activism in the investment field. The second area is the impact of international investment regulation on host state domestic politics, economics and institutions.

Related: publications
2.2.1

Investor–state dispute prevention policies and ...

The significant escalation in the use of investor–state ...
2.2.2

IIAs and domestic investment laws: a comparati ...

The 1990s witnessed an explosion in the number of inter ...
2.2.3

The nexus between investment in tourism and th ...

The focus of this project is the linkage between invest ...
2.2.4

Current challenges arising from the new common ...

This project focuses on the new EU competence over fore ...

Preferential Trade - Archived Projects 2009/10/11

2.1

PTAs: drivers, design and effects

The main objective of our project is to produce a new d ...
2.2

The optimal provision of regional public goods

This project aims to investigate the nature and conditi ...
2.3

Regional safe havens in a fragmented trade wor ...

Analysts of trends in Asian regionalism have emphasised ...
2.4

Regional dispute settlement bodies in trade an ...

One insufficiently studied aspect of regionalism concer ...
2.5

Mapping the universe of services disciplines i ...

This project aims to investigate recent trends in prefe ...
2.6

Completing the international investment archit ...

This project examines the application of Investor-State ...
2.7

Regional integration and the global downturn

The aim of this research proposal is to examine the imp ...
2.8

Vertical specialisation and regionalism

The aim of this research is to measure and explain the ...