This Article brings to the attention of those public servants involved in
the design and negotiation of free trade agreements between the United
States and developing countries, such as Colombia, the potential benefits
and drawbacks of negotiating in a bilateral forum. Rather than critiquing
the free trade agreement for its particular provisions, this Article
examines the U.S. policy of negotiating bilaterally with developing
countries as opposed to multilaterally in the world trade system and what
effects such an approach might have on the economic development of the
latter. Using an incremental policy analysis, the Article critiques the
bilateral approach in terms of economic development and fair trade
negotiations using the recent Colombia-U.S. trade agreement as a case
study. The Article concludes that a bilateral approach that is disconnected
from a broader multilateral context may be detrimental to developing
countries and recommends increased oversight of such agreements by the
World Trade Organization to ensure a higher degree offairness.
Fandl, Kevin J.
"Bilateral Agreements and Fair Trade Practices: A Policy Analysis of the Colombia- U.S. Free Trade Agreement (2006),"
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