Looking Back, Looking Forward: Civil Society Contributions to WTO Accountability

ENTWINED Issue Brief, No. 8, September 2011

8 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2012

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Mark Halle

International Institute for Sustainable Development

Robert Wolfe

Queen's University - School of Policy Studies

Christopher Beaton

International Institute for Sustainable Development

Date Written: September 9, 2011

Abstract

Since its inception, the WTO has significantly increased its transparency and active engagement with civil society, thereby enhancing the extent to which civil society can contribute to WTO accountability. Civil society has played an instrumental role in encouraging WTO to go further, through efforts to disseminate information and analysis about the WTO, as well as monitoring and evaluation of Member performance against commitments. Looking forward, WTO and civil society should expand on previous contributions to improving accountability in the areas of transparency, monitoring and evaluation, and consultation. Participants in a workshop at WTO in May 2011 identified opportunities for improving civil society contributions to WTO accountability, although many questions remain about the status of existing activities and the feasibility of the suggestions proffered.

Keywords: WTO, civil society, transparency, accountability, NGOs

Suggested Citation

Halle, Mark and Wolfe, Robert and Beaton, Christopher, Looking Back, Looking Forward: Civil Society Contributions to WTO Accountability (September 9, 2011). ENTWINED Issue Brief, No. 8, September 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1989446

Mark Halle

International Institute for Sustainable Development ( email )

161 Portage Avenue East, 6th Floor
Winnipeg
Manitoba, R3B 0Y4, Manitoba
United States

Robert Wolfe (Contact Author)

Queen's University - School of Policy Studies ( email )

Ontario K7L 3N6
Canada

Christopher Beaton

International Institute for Sustainable Development ( email )

161 Portage Avenue East, 6th Floor
Winnipeg
Manitoba, R3B 0Y4, Manitoba
United States

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