The Negotiations for a New Agreement on Agriculture


The Negotiations for a New Agreement on Agriculture presents a history of the negotiations towards a fair and market-oriented international agricultural trading system. After an introductory chapter outlining the provisions of the Agreement on Agriculture, the book considers the analysis and information exchange process launched by the 1996 Singapore Declaration and the failed 1999 Seattle Ministerial. The mandated Article 20 negotiations are discussed before consideration is given to the 2001 Doha Declaration. The negotiations are considered in the context of the Cancun and, Hong Kong Ministerials and the July 2008 mini-ministerial before a discussion of the latest version of the Modalities for the Agreement issued in December 2008. The work ends with a look back over the negotiations and consideration of the development dimension of the Doha Round.

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Joseph A McMahon is Professor of Commercial Law at University College Dublin, Ireland. He has published extensively on the Agreement on Agriculture and on the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1: The Uruguay Round Negotiations and the Agreement on Agriculture
Chapter 2 : The Seattle Ministerial
Chapter 3 : Article 20 Negotiations
Chapter 4 : The Doha Declaration
Chapter 5 : The Cancun Ministerial
Chapter 6 : The Hong Kong Ministerial
Chapter 7 : The Geneva Mini-Ministerial
Chapter 8 : Endgame?
Chapter 9 : An Assessment of Outcomes

All those interested in the regulation of international trade in agricultural products through the Agreement on Agriculture and the negotiations initiated under the Doha Declaration.