Introduction to the 1992-1 Symposium Issue the Gatt Conference

Wednesday, January 1st, 1992 at 12:00 am by The Editors of Columbia Business Law Review
The Editors of Columbia Business Law Review, Introduction to the 1992-1 Symposium Issue the Gatt Conference, 1992 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 1

In the first panel, the panelists explore the context and implications of Taiwan’s application to the GATT. Gardner Patterson offers the process, problems and procedures of acceding to the GATT; Lori Fisler Damrosch provides an examination of entities tat are basically market-oriented but which stand in an unresolved political relationship with a giant non-market economy; James V. Feinerman surveys the issues which surround Taiwan’s request for entry to the GATT as well as the benefits which may accrue to Taiwan and the international market from Taiwan’s accession to the GATT; Josephine Wang-Ho adds a personal and professional view of Taiwan’s transformation during the past ten years. Together, the four articles provide a broad base of information for the practitioner.

From the second panel, Robert Hudec gives a historical perspective of the special needs of developing countries seeking accession to the GATT in his article titled, “Developing Countries and the GATT.”

From the third panel, Mitsuo Matsushita discusses the Japanese perspective on intellectual property and how it bears on the GATT. William P. Alford examines intellectual property, trade, and American policy and follows briefly with a historical summary of the GATT’s early treatment of intellectual property issues. To conclude, he discusses Taiwan’s changing approach toward intellectual property law.

In the fourth panel, the forum examines how disputes are settled. Kenneth W. Abbott’s paper reviews and critiques the new mechanisms for the GATT dispute settlement. In the transcript of the discussion that followed the presentation of the papers at the conference, Professor Abbott, Robert Hudec and the conference participants reviewed the proposed changes and the impact the changes might have on future sucess of the GATT.

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