The report on ‘The Future of the WTO’ – in its sub-title – calls for ‘addressing institutional challenges in the new millennium’. In his Foreword, WTO Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi recalls that – during the Uruguay Round negotiations on the Agreement establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO) – ‘there had been too little thinking on whether the institutional design and practice that had served the GATT so well would do the same for the WTO’; in his view, the enlarged WTO membership and the political responsibilities of WTO Members require a new ‘dialogue on the options available to reinforce this vitally important institution for the future’. 1 The first WTO Director-General and chairman of the Consultative Board Peter Sutherland – in his Preface to the report – confirms this diagnosis: the WTO ‘is not...

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