About Trade, Law and Development

The mission of Trade, Law, and Development, which was founded in 2009, has been to promote and sustain a healthy and democratic discourse on emerging challenges in international economic law, as well as to serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas.

Members’ faith in the multilateral trade system is at an all-time low, with the “crown jewel” of the WTO in crisis and gridlock between developing and rich countries in numerous WTO debates. The growing number of free trade agreements (FTAs) around the world, as well as States’ preference for regionalism over the multilateral framework, demonstrate this.

As a result, the WTO’s ability to provide a platform for discussions to liberalise trade and establish new rules, as well as to oversee and administer multilateral trade laws and adjudicate trade disputes among members, has been severely harmed. Furthermore, the stress has been increased by the disruption created by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, WTO members are taking a more protectionist stance.

While the WTO’s role in assisting economies recover from declining trade volumes has grown significantly, it is unclear how the organisation will address each of these issues separately. Because the goal of TL&D is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and constructive debate on legal and policy matters, the above-mentioned aspects are arguably some of the most important topics in international trade discourse this year.

The Journal hopes to promote discussion on how to maintain the multilateral rules-based trade system and, as a result, prevent the transition to a pre-WTO power-based trading system through this theme.


While the theme is broad enough to encompass a wide range of issues, the following is a selection of possible subtopics:

  • Appellate Body Crisis and the Multi Party Interim Appeal Arrangement (MPIA)
  • Transparency and Notification/ Transparency and Consensus-Building within the WTO
  • Status of Developing Countries at the WTO

China and the WTO

  • Agriculture and Development vis-√†-vis the WTO Agreement on Agriculture
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Linking Trade and Non-Trade Issues
  • COVID-19 and Reorganization of Global Supply Chains
  • Increasing Reliance on the National Security Exception by WTO Members
  • Increase in Barriers to Cross-Border Investments/ Protectionism
  • USA and the WTO
  • Stagnancy in Multilateral Trade Liberalisation
  • Mega-Regional Trade Agreements as an Alternative to the WTO

These sub-themes are not exhaustive, and the Journal welcomes papers on any aspect of the international trade regime’s concerns and their influence on the global trading system.

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Where to Submit

Manuscripts referring to any sub-theme within the purview of issues faced by international commerce will be examined for inclusion in the Summer ’22 issue if received by March 15th, 2022. E-mail is an option for submitting manuscripts.

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