chapter  8
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The Doha Round and the Future of the WTO

BySUN ZHENYU

It is already 10 years since the start of the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) in November 2001. Over the past 10 years, many deadlines have been missed and the tremendous efforts made by a group of Trade Ministers in Geneva in July 2008 ultimately failed. Is the Doha round already dead as some scholars have declared? Is there still a chance to re-invigorate the negotiations? Is it possible to have an early harvest before the end of the negotiations? And if not, what will the future look like for the World Trade Organization (WTO)? It may not be appropriate to declare the Doha round dead right now

and no member of the WTO has openly said so. At the same time it does not appear that anything could be achieved in the near term. This chapter considers what has been achieved in the round so far and explores what this will mean for the future of the WTO.