Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

3-2013

Abstract

This article examines the two-decade evolution of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the future prospects for Asian regionalism. It argues that while APEC retains advantages over competing regional structures, it should undergo reforms to accelerate the Bogor Goals and ensure its complementarity with the World Trade Organization (WTO). The article first analyzes the impact of stake-holding countries’ trade policies on APEC’s structure and development. By assessing APEC’s soft-law mechanism, it explores APEC’s WTO-plus contributions that reinvigorated the International Technology Agreement negotiations and improved supply chain facilitation. APEC’s goal of creating a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) can overcome structural limitations and serve as an effective “Plan B” for the Doha Round impasse. Nonetheless, caution should be given to legal challenges to the pathways to an FTAAP such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Finally, the article calls for reforms that will enhance APEC’s institution-building and monitoring system. Such reforms will strengthen APEC’s role under the multilateral trading system and reenergize the public-private partnership for trans-Pacific integration.

Keywords

APEC, FTAAP, TPP, RCEP, FTA, China, United States, Doha, regionalism

Discipline

Asian Studies | International Trade Law | Law and Economics

Research Areas

Law of Transnational Business

Publication

Journal of International Economic Law

Volume

16

Issue

1

First Page

119

Last Page

158

ISSN

1369- 3034

Identifier

10.1093/jiel/jgs045

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Copyright Owner and License

Author

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1093/jiel/jgs045

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