Public Participation and Legitimacy in the WTO by Yves Bonzon

By Yves Bonzon

The legitimacy of the WTO's decision-making approach has regularly been puzzled, and plenty of have recommended public participation mechanisms as a therapy. Yves Bonzon considers the boundaries and capability of those mechanisms through advancing a conceptual framework which distinguishes the 4 'implementation parameters' of public participation: the objective, the item, the modalities, and the actors. He addresses the problem of legitimacy by means of contemplating to what quantity, and via advantage of which criminal advancements, possible see imposing the democratic precept as a aim for public participation within the context of the WTO. through analysing the institutional constitution of the WTO and its varieties of judgements, he then outlines how this objective should still effect the item and modalities of public participation, which decision-making methods may be opened to public participation, and the way the mechanisms will be applied in perform. eventually, he indicates particular amendments to current WTO preparations on public participation.

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62 It is thus unclear whether Article 11 TEU, the successor of Article I-47, is legally binding and enforceable in courts, or only of a programmatic nature. As far as the EU Commission’s Guidelines are concerned, those are non-binding and cannot be enforced in court. 63 59 60 61 62 63 See § 702 US FAPA. See Richard B. Stewart, ‘The reformation of American administrative law’ (1975) 88 Harv. L. Rev. 1667, at 1723–52, and case law: Scenic Hudson Preservation Conference v. FPC, 354 F 2d. 608 (2nd Cir.

C. International provisions to regulate public participation at the domestic level Other structural approaches aimed at addressing the legitimacy deficit of the WTO have been put forward, which often rely on premises similar to those examined by the present study. As will be further explained, one of these approaches consists in adopting international provisions that would regulate public participation at the domestic level. e. the structural approach addressed in the present study) would create an 51 52 2005), and Petros C.

48 In Switzerland, Article 8 LCo states that knowledge shall be taken of expressed opinions (‘formale Kenntisnahme’, ‘Recht zur Beachtung’), which are then weighed and assessed (‘materielle Kenntisnahme’). In practice, the authority must make a report summing up all positions and providing an overview of them, in order to guarantee that they have been collected. 51 These include relevance, seriousness, soundness of argumentation and grounds, factual and political viability, representativeness regarding the organization’s internal decision-making process, cross-references between positions, material coherence, overall assessment instead of punctual positions to single issues, and a constructive approach on the part of the participant in question.

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