Regionalism as trading blocks, a comparative analysis of the legal structure of the EC and NAFTA within the context of the WTO

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Abstract

Geography has almost become obsolete. The world’s goods and services can now be accessed instantaneously by electronic commerce. Small and medium sized countries have felt the cold winds of change blowing, and have adopted the “safety in numbers” philosophy. Regional organisations throughout the world have sprung up, with their original raison d'être the encouragement and development of regional trading blocks. Two of the most developed regional groupings are the EU/EC and NAFTA. These two organisations represent two quite different philosophies of regional trade groupings, with contrasting legal structures. The advent of Trade Globalisation, with the founding of the WTO has brought these two approaches into confrontation, as each side of the Atlantic Ocean tries to influence the development on the naissant WTO. This paper examines the two contrasting legal structures, and the conflict on an inter regional level that they are engendering.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 1999
Event3rd Annual Conference of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation: After the global crises: what next for regionalism? - Scarman House, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Sep 199918 Sep 1999
Conference number: 3rd

Conference

Conference3rd Annual Conference of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation
Abbreviated titleCSGR
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCoventry
Period16/09/9918/09/99

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O'Neill, M. (1999). Regionalism as trading blocks, a comparative analysis of the legal structure of the EC and NAFTA within the context of the WTO. Paper presented at 3rd Annual Conference of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, Coventry, United Kingdom.