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Government Procurement in the WTO

Government Procurement in the WTO

By Sue Arrowsmith


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In the World Trade Organization regime, government procurement is largely excluded from the multilateral agreements. The "plurilateral" WTO Agreement on Government Procurement, with its challenging accession procedures and limited number of signatories, cannot be said to succeed in its efforts to liberalize this area of trade activity–more than 10 percent of gross domestic product in most countries.

This insightful and thoroughly researched study investigates the special sensitivities of government procurement that have left major trade barriers intact despite the WTO mandate that has proven so effective in other areas. Professor Arrowsmith examines the following crucial factors in depth:

  • why and how procurement practices create barriers to trade
  • the institutional structure for dealing with government procurement in the GATT/WTO system
  • the impact of relevant WTO law on national legal systems
  • the types of contracts and entities covered in the Agreement on Government Procurement
  • how the National Treatment principle and the Most Favored Nation obligation affect government procurement
  • rules of WTO contract award procedure and the controversy over their interpretation and revision
  • the free trade vs. social and environmental issues question in the context of government procurement
  • and the monitoring and enforcement of WTO procurement rules

    Throughout the presentation the author focuses on specific issues to illuminate the overall pattern of her legal analysis. For example, practical questions stemming from such activities as multi-phase tendering and electronic procurement are raised for special scrutiny. The legal literature of the WTO and its jurisprudence are frequently brought into Professor Arrowsmith's arguments. The result is a new work of major significance-a work that government procurement officials in every country, whatever their field, cannot afford to ignore. The value of Government Procurement in the WTO to lawyers and scholars in the field goes without saying.

    Review " Beneath its somewhat ordinary title is a work of extraordiary depth and quality. Although written by a law professor, this book is far more than a traditional legal textbook. In exceptionally lucid writing, the aithor sets forth a comprehensive study of the World Trade Organization (WTO) regulations ("Articles") on public procurement and their omplications."

  • Last Updated 01/01/2003
    Update Frequency As Needed
    Product Line Kluwer Law International
    ISBN 9789041198846
    SKU 10057858-0001
    Table of Contents
    1. Government Procurement and its Impact as a Barrier to Trade
    2. Procurement Disciplines in GATT/WTO: A History and Introduction
    3. The Multilateral Agreements and Government Procurement
    4. The GPA: Membership Issues
    5. Coverage of the GPA
    6. National Treatment and MFN under the GPA
    7. The GPA's Award Procedures: an Introduction
    8. Open and Selective Tendering Part I: From Publicity to Submission of Tenders
    9. Open and Selective Tendering Part II: Supplier Qualification and Use of Supplier Lists
    10. Open and Selective Tendering Part III: Submission of Tenders, Contract Award and Information Provisions
    11. Limited Tendering
    12. Technical Specifications
    13. Secondary Policies under the GPA
    14. Enforcement and Surveillance
    15. The GPA: Review and Assessment
    16. Expanding Participation in WTO Procurement Disciplines.