Trade Policy at Work WTO (Negotiations, Regular Work, Leadership)

Competition Policy and the WTO: A Historical Perspective

Historically, competition and international trade laws have evolved separately. In the wake of globalization, the inability of national authorities to efficiently tackle anti-competitive practices affecting their market but originating from other countries sparked the debate about the need for policy convergence and cooperation among competition authorities, e.g. through international competition rules. From the stillborn Havana Charter to the Cancun Ministerial, this briefing paper reviews the bumpy history of the aborted efforts for a WTO Competition Framework.