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Rebalancing the balance: How the WTO's HR policy impacts on its very objectives for welfare enhancement and development

Mervyn Martin (School of Social Sciences and Law, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK)
Maryam Shademan Pajouh (Teesside Business School, Middlesbrough, UK)

Journal of International Trade Law and Policy

ISSN: 1477-0024

Article publication date: 13 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to highlight the lack of fairness in the international trading system, including the HR policies in the WTO which have wider implications on the participation of developing countries in the multilateral trading system.

Design/methodology/approach

The main research methodology undertaken for this paper is based on the quantitative approach, predominantly from sources such as books, articles and WTO reports.

Findings

There is a correlation between the HR policies employed by the WTO and the usage by developing countries of the WTO DSU.

Practical implications

The implications of the research/paper indicate that discrimination against developing countries in the international system goes beyond their inherent weakness as poorer members of the international order. Such discrimination is deep rooted within the institutional governance of the system.

Social implications

The need to re‐evaluate policies practices by international institutions in the light of the developments of the twenty‐first century.

Originality/value

There has been no work undertaken in relation to the use of language as a criterion for job selection and its implications on the participatory value of developing countries in the WTO DSU.

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Citation

Martin, M. and Shademan Pajouh, M. (2011), "Rebalancing the balance: How the WTO's HR policy impacts on its very objectives for welfare enhancement and development", Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, Vol. 10 No. 3, pp. 243-254. https://doi.org/10.1108/14770021111165517

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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