Czech Yearbook of Public and Private International Law vol:4 pages:235-253
As with the rest of the Doha negotiations, negotiations on trade in services disciplines are gridlocked. Alternatively, bilateral and regional initiatives are increasingly addressing trade in services. This risks reducing the relevance of GATS and the benefits of multilateral regulation of services. A plurilateral approach within
the WTO framework may be an avenue for progress. To assess this possibility, this article addresses the state of play in trade in services negotiations in its three ‘tracks’. The article subsequently addresses the benefits of and issues with the plurilateral approach before concluding that this approach may well be the best way forward for services negotiations.