East Asian Free Trade Agreements in Services: Key Architectural Elements

Posted: 4 Jul 2008

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Carsten Fink

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Martín Molinuevo


Date Written: June 2008


Since the mid-1990s East Asian countries have negotiated 25 free trade agreements (FTAs) with a services component. There are important architectural differences in these agreements, which ultimately affect their value in promoting transparency, fostering the credibility of trade policies, and advancing market opening in services. This article reviews key architectural choices, focusing on the approach towards scheduling commitments, the treatment of investment and the movement of natural persons, rules of origin, provisions for the settlement of trade dispute, and selected deeper integration issues. In doing so, it assesses the advantages and drawbacks of different architectural approaches and discusses a number of lessons learned.

Suggested Citation

Fink, Carsten and Molinuevo, Martín, East Asian Free Trade Agreements in Services: Key Architectural Elements (June 2008). Journal of International Economic Law, Vol. 11, Issue 2, pp. 263-311, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1154901 or http://dx.doi.org/jgn010

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