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On Global Justice$
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Mathias Risse

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691142692

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691142692.001.0001

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Justice and Accountability

Justice and Accountability

The World Trade Organization

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(p.346) Chapter 18 Justice and Accountability
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On Global Justice
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Mathias Risse

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691142692.003.0018

This chapter examines questions of justice and accountability by focusing on the World Trade Organization (WTO). More specifically, it considers whether a suitably reformed version of the WTO could help states fulfill their obligation to give an account of what they do to realize the various principles of justice, to the extent that those principles are concerned with or bear on trade. The chapter first provides some background information about the WTO before discussing what principles of justice apply to the WTO and what it should do in pursuit of justice. It then explains how states ought to account for their contributions to justice, for instance to fairness in trade, and how the WTO itself ought to give account. It concludes by suggesting that there is no justice-based rationale for a global development agency.

Keywords:   justice, accountability, World Trade Organization, states, principles of justice, trade

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